Syrian sweets are becoming so popular that they rival Turkish baklava and bring in $60 million in revenue from sales abroad.
• A local, slice-of-life story from a Monitor correspondent.
With more than 300 kinds to choose from, Damascene Arabic sweets have long been popular at home and across the Arab world, rivaling Turkish baklava.
Trays of date, dried apricot, pistachio, and cream-filled morsels never fail to delight. In Midan, with its street of popular restaurants, sweet-shop owners try to outdo competitors by creating displays of unusually shaped stacks of sugary treats.