One in three Greeks consider baklava to be a Turkish dessert

Fıstıklı Baklava (Turkish Pistachio Baklava)

About one in three Greeks believe that baklava is of Turkish origin, according to research conducted on both sides of the Aegean Sea.

According to the survey conducted by the Areda Survey company in the two countries, 37.3% of Greeks believe that baklava originates from Turkey, while 62.7% believe it is a Greek dessert.

The percentage of those who believe in Turkey that baklava is a Turkish delicacy reaches 95.4%.

However, Greeks and Turks are wrong since the first form of baklava came from the Assyrian empire, around 800 BC, where layers of bread dough were stretched thinly and baked with chopped nuts and honey for special occasions.

Another interesting survey element states that 56.5% of Turks prefer baklava with pistachios, while the rest like walnuts.


For the Greeks, the preference is the opposite. 56.9% of the survey participants prefer baklava with walnuts.

The Gaziantep Chamber of Industry took the first step to register baklava from Turkey in 2009. As a result of the evaluations, the EU granted local indication certification to Gaziantep baklava in 2013.

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