Spicy Prune Cake

Kekat il-‘Injas

Preparation info
  • Makes

    16 slices

    • Difficulty


Appears in
Delights from the Garden of Eden

By Nawal Nasrallah

Published 2019

  • About

The prune was a valued fruit in ancient Mesopotamia. In The Assyrian Herbal, a monograph on Assyrian plant medicines, it was mentioned as a kind of conserve, which should be eaten with butter and honey (Thompson). In Akkadian, it was called ‘antahsum’ (cf. Arabic ‘injas), and was used in cooking as a souring agent (see Introduction). The ancients’ belief in the medicinal power of ‘antahsum’ has been scientifically confirmed in recent stu