Sikomelo is a natural sweetener similar to petimezi. It comes from the Middle East and is made by concentrating the water where dried figs have been boiled for about an hour with the addition of arbaroriza leaves (apple geranium) which impart a pleasant aroma. Taking the place of sugar, sikomelo can be kept for a long time without refrigeration.
Retaining many of the nutritional benefits of dried figs, this natural sweetener is an invigorating tonic with a very pleasing sweet flavor, and is without preservatives and dyes, whilst rich in iron and with antioxidant properties.
Sikomelo has a wide variety of applications, from preparing sauces for roasted meat to making bread dough. A unique product, it is ideal for ice cream, cake, tarts and as a vinaigrette for salads. It is also exceptional when used with fresh mizithra cheese or with a refreshing bowl of yoghurt and fruit.
It is also consumed plain as a digestive, or mixed with a liqueur.