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Peach murabba
Region or stateSouth Caucasus, West Asia, Central Asia, South Asia
Main ingredientsfruits or berries, sugar

Murabba[1] (from Arabic: مربىmurabbá "jam", "fruit preserves"; Armenian: մուրաբա muraba, Azerbaijani: mürəbbə, Georgian: მურაბა muraba, Hindi: मुरब्बा murabbā, Bengali: মোরব্বা morobbā, Persian: مرباmorrabâ, Tajik: мураббо murabbo, Urdu: مرباmurabbā, Uzbek: murabbo) refers to sweet fruit preserve which is popular in many regions of South Caucasus, Central Asia, South Asia, and the Middle East. It is generally prepared with fruits, sugar, and spices.

Fruit murabba[edit]

A popular fruit that is candied is apple, apricot, gooseberry (amla), mango, plum, quince which can be preserved for long periods both as a wet murabba and a dry version, and is said to have medicinal properties.[2] It is widely used in Indian traditional and folk medicine.

Ginger murabba[edit]

Ginger murabba (Ginger brittle)

Ginger murabba (ginger brittle) is made from ginger, sugar etc. It is cooked and cut into rectangular pieces. It is a folk medicine very popular in the southern Indian region of Tamilnadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. It is widely consumed to treat indigestion, nausea, morning sickness. It is eaten as a candy too.

In South Caucasus[edit]

Murraba in South Caucasus is made of strawberries, cherries and local fruits. When the Georgians travelled to India, they adapted the recipe to use the local mango, which became a traditional favorite of the Gujaratis over the years.[citation needed] Georgians make murraba once a season and fill their pantries with bottled murraba.

Murabba is a popular dessert at Azerbaijan's table, which is served with tea. It is also used for treating colds. Such kinds of murabba as dogwood, blackberries, currants, rich with vitamin C in the Azerbaijani houses usually serve as the first aid during the flu.

Similar products[edit]

Similar confections are also made in Eastern Europe (Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine), where they are called varenye.