"Torrone" Nougat is a traditional Christmas dessert that boasts very ancient origins. It may have been invented in China - where almonds also originated - yet the recipe closest to the modern version comes from the Arab world. The "torrone" nougat known today is actually a variant of the famous "cubbaita" or "juggiolena", an Arab dessert made of honey and sesame, now known as "halva".
Dried fruit is all too often not served at table for fear of gaining weight given its high energy and calorie levels. Yet, enjoyed in moderation, the opposite is true - as shown by an American study published in the British journal BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health which suggests that consuming 14 grams of dried fruit a day actually helps prevent gaining weight over the years and reduces the risk of obesity.