Halva, which origin is West Asia or Indian subcontinent, was introduced to Russians from the Middle Asia republics during the days of USSR, and since then it became the favorite sweet of many, reminding of the Soviet childhood. In the countries of Middle East, flour, fat and sugar were used for manufacturing of halva, but in Russia we have our own techniques and recipes of “Russian halva”, which are different than those used elsewhere. It is believed that in Russia the production of halva from sesame was established in Odessa by the breeder Kazi and the sunflower merchant Sviridov, whose ships constantly sailed to Turkey and Persia for goods. Usually in Russia we produce halva from sunflower seeds, although we also have halva made from sesame (or tahini), peanut, almond and pistachio, and they all affect the human body in different ways.
The most widespread and popular in Russia sunflower halva contains vitamins B1 and F1, which are famous for its great benefits. Vitamin B1 provides the optimal course of growth and development of the body, supports the heart, nervous and digestive systems, and vitamin F1 is necessary for autonomic disorders, high physical exertion, diseases of the joints and ligaments, as well as prevention of cardiovascular diseases.
Other types of halva can also have a positive effect on health with moderate consumption, so buy exotic halva to not only experience the taste of Central Asia, but also have some health benefits.