500 YEARS AGO in Istanbul, Ayse Hafsa Sultan — the mother of Suleyman the Magnificent — suddenly fell ill. None of the palace physicians at Topkapi could cure her. Desperate to help his mother, Suleyman asked Merkez Efendi to find a cure. Mesir macunu was the result.
Made from over 40 different ingredients, mesir macunu is a sweet toffee paste regularly used as a tonic in Turkey — and renowned for its aphrodisiac effects on both women and men. The Mediterranean Bakery offers a 420g/14.8oz jar of mesir macunu for only $9.95!