The simple dessert is thought to have been created in Persia (known today as Iran), yet the origin is still disputed. Countries including Greece, Hungary, Italy, Turkey, and Spain all claim original marzipan recipes, so who’s to say who was first? Regardless, modern EU law dictates that products marketed and sold as marzipan "must have a minimum almond oil content of 14 percent and a maximum moisture content of 8.5 percent."
Variations exist, however, based on location. Common ingredients added to marzipan include rosewater, honey, pistachios, and hazelnuts.
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