Glyko Karydaki, or fresh walnuts preserved in syrup, are one of many different varieties of ‘spoon sweets’ made in most Greek kitchens. As such there is always a jar or two in the larder.
Traditionally served on small glass plates with a drizzle of its syrup and a dessert fork for eating (despite their name), spoon sweets are offered to visitors as a welcoming gesture, always accompanied with a glass of ice cold water. Karydaki, which means small (or young) walnut, is one of the best Greek traditional spoon sweets, made from baby green walnuts harvested in spring when the outer shell has not become hard. The procedure for making it is a bit labour-intensive, so buy a jar from your local Greek or Middle Eastern deli and enjoy.