Just east of Paphos, on the way to the mythical "Petra tou Romiou" lies the village of Yeroskipou, a place with a history that dates back to ancient times. Historical evidence suggests that its name is derived from the words ‘Ieros Kipos’ meaning holy garden. It is believed that the place was covered with beautiful gardens dedicated to Goddess Aphrodite. The presence of several archaeological sites proves for its historical value, but what makes the village an equally well-known attraction relates to the sweet and tasty ‘Yeroskipos loukoumia’. Travellers passing through the village will certainly come across a cluster of small gift shops along the roadside piled with baskets of colourful boxes filled with loukoumia of assorted flavours.
The story of Yeroskipou loukoumia dates back to the 19th century and ever since, they are made the same way with few but simple ingredients; sugar, corn flour, starch, water and different fruit aromas put together to form a soft-textured sweet. Original lokoumia were made with rose flavour by boiling fragrant rose petals and collecting the condensed moisture but today’s lokoumia are offered in a diverse range of flavours.
Since 2004, Yeroskipos loukoumi holds the Guinness World Record of the biggest loukoumi ever made with a weight of 2,5 tons and since 2009 it has received an approval as a Product of Geographic Indication under the EU regulation.