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Glyko Milo (Greek Apple Preserve)

Glyko Milo (Greek Apple Preserve)

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Glyko Milo is a Greek fruit preserve made with a Greek variety of apples called Firiki (Pijrus Malus or Malus Communis), which are very aromatic. 

apple spoon sweet picture

It is preferable to make the preserve when they are small but if you cannot find this variety you can make the preserve with bigger, firm, apples, which peel, remove the seeds and cut into four pieces.

I love making spoon sweets and every time I write about one I end up saying that it is my favourite. 

Each one has a different taste and when raw even if it is bitter like the walnuts or citrus or tasteless like water melon rind, when it is done it is transformed into something totally different and delicious.

firikia apples image
Firikia apples

Making spoon sweet is not difficult and bear in mind that in almost in all cases you will need the same amount of sugar as the weight of the peeled and cored fruit. 

The amount of water needed is usually for 1 part of sugar – 1/2 part of water.

firiki apple image

On Tuesday when I went to the the Farmers’ Market I was looking for bergamot to make a spoon sweet but unfortunately you rarely see them around. 

Toasted almond and clove in the apple image

I did, however, find firikia, which is a variety of oblong small apples with a lovely taste and aroma and which is mainly produced at Mount Pilio.

All spoon sweets can be preserved for a long time, so long as the syrup is properly thickened.  I still have some cherries, quince and watermelon from last summer and when I crave something sweet, I always have something at hand.

breakfast with Greek yoghurt and apple preserve image

Can you think of anything better for breakfast or dessert:  Greek strained yoghurt with apple spoon sweet, a few teaspoons of syrup and cinnamon!!  This is heaven!

I am sending this recipe over to Grace of A Southern Grace, who is hosting the event Cinnamon Celebration.  The event calls for a teaspoon of cinnamon and I guess that two pieces of cinnamon sticks could be considered as 1 teaspoon.

apple spoon sweet collage image
apple spoon sweet image

Glyko Milo (Greek Apple Preserve)

Yield: 28
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Glyko Milo is a Greek fruit preserve made with a Greek variety of apples called Firiki (Pijrus Malus or Malus Communis), which are very aromatic. 


  • 1.600 grams firiki apples
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 2 litres of water to cover the apples


  • 1.600 grams of sugar
  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 sticks of cinnamon
  • 1 lemon peel
  • 3 fragrant geranium leaves (optional)
  • 28 cloves
  • 28 blanched and roasted almonds
  • 1/4 cup brandy (optional)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice for finishing the sweet


  1. Start by preparing the syrup. Put the sugar, water, cinnamon sticks, fragrant geraniums and lemon peel in a pot. Stir to dissolve the sugar and put on the heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  2. Meantime peel the apples and remove the core and put them in a big bowl with the half cup of lemon juice. The lemon juice will prevent the apples to oxidize. You will notice that the apples will float so place a plate on top of them to keep them submerged in the water.
  3. When the syrup has cooled drain the apples, put a clove on the apples and put them in the syrup. Again use the plate to keep them submerged. Bring to a boil, lower heat and cook until apples are soft, about 20 - 30 minutes.
  4. Remove apples to a strainer using a slotted spoon and when they cool place a roasted almond in their cavity.
  5. Check if the syrup has reached the right consistency and if it is not, remove the apples and continue simmering. Put the apples back in the syrup and add the brandy and lemon juice and simmer for three more minutes.
  6. Remove from the heat and allow to cool before storing them in cleaned sterilized jars.



The calories given for the preserve includes the whole amount of sugar, which is made into the syrup. The syrup is not eaten with the preserves, so the calories for each apple preserve is much, much more less!!!!

Nutrition Information
Yield 28 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 273Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 0mgSodium 19mgCarbohydrates 68gFiber 3gSugar 64gProtein 1g

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Fruit Preserves (Glyka tou Koutaliou)

Fruit preserves, called "glyka tou koutaliou", served in little plates, are an inherent part of Greek culture, where they are offered to guests, as an act of hospitality. Almost any fruit, even vegetables, flowers and nuts can be made into a preserve.

Here is a selection of my favourite fruit preserves.


Collage apple spoon sweet image

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Thursday 5th of January 2017

Hey, This is the great post must say, the content and pictures are awesome. We grow apples and was looking for recipes when I saw this in internet. I am glad to have found your site :)


Wednesday 18th of February 2009

This does indeed look amazing! Hard to resist, I'm sure!


Tuesday 17th of February 2009

I had no idea what a spoon food was. After seeing this, all I wanted to take a spoon and put a spoonful of this in my mouth. Loved it.


Monday 16th of February 2009

Ivy, you excel so well at "glyko koutaliou" and again, I encourage to try selling some of your spoon sweets. I not a big fan of them but I find yours tempting.


Monday 16th of February 2009

Looks delicious! And, with Greek yogurt, I bet they're amazing.

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