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Place of originTurkey
Region or stateEastern Thrace
Serving temperatureCold
Main ingredientsRice, rose water, saffron, sugar, raisins, pistachios
Food energy
(per serving)
215 kcal (900 kJ)

Zerde is a Turkish dessert, a sort of sweet pudding from rice that is colored yellow with saffron. It is a festive dish popular at weddings, birth celebrations and during the first ten days of the sacred month of Muharram. Zerd comes from Persian language zard (زرد) which means yellow. In some regions of Turkey, Zerdeçal Turmeric also added for nice coloring.

In Turkey, zerde is very popular in regions where traditionally paddy fields are found. In Edirne Province at Eastern Thrace, which provides almost the half of country's rice production,[1] zerde is a favored dessert.[2] Flavoring ingredients of zerde vary slightly from region to region in Turkey depending on the local fruits.[3]

Zerde differs from rice pudding insofar as it is prepared with water instead of milk.[2]

One serving of zerde has approximately 215 calories.[3]

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  1. ^ Dr. Necmi, Beşer. "Çeltik Tarımının Sorunları ve Çözüm Önerileri" (in Turkish). Trakya Tarimsal Araştirma Enstitüsü. Retrieved 2011-11-26.
  2. ^ a b "Zerde" (in Turkish). Trakya Gezi. Retrieved 2011-11-26.
  3. ^ a b "Zerde" (in Turkish). Hamarat Abla. Retrieved 2011-11-26.