Greek spoon sweets and Philoxenia
The ritual of Greek hospitality
Greece has a long tradition in hospitality due to its history. The Greek word Philoxenia is actually a synonym for hospitality. According to the Ancient Greek tradition of hospitality, called Xenia, Greeks show courtesy and generosity to strangers; bound by this cultural law, Greeks offer guests spoon sweets accompanied by Greek coffee and cold water — the ultimate Greek ritual of hospitality. The most enthralling element of the Greek custom of offering homemade spoon sweets as a gesture of hospitality is that this historic bond that links gastronomy to hospitality has endured for centuries in Greece; from the king of the Ancient Greek Olympian gods, Zeus Xenios, the patron of hospitality and guests and the Ancient Greek gastronomy, the Graeco-Roman gastronomer, Athenaeus of Naucratis, and his work Deipnosophistae, the wide range of Byzantine Greek spoon sweets, the Pontic/Constantinopolitan/Smyrna Greek custom of offering guests spoon sweets as a welcome treat to the Cypriot kerasma (treat) of spoon sweets, there is a timeless thread connecting hospitality and gastronomy.
Jars sterilisation process
You should make sure that your jars are clean to maintain the freshness of the spoon sweet. Sterilise your jars by washing them (and their lids) thoroughly in hot soapy water. Rinse them well. Heat oven to 100°C. Place the jars and their lids on a baking sheet and put them in the oven for 20′. Using a funnel, ladle the strawberry spoon sweet into the hot jars, filling to just below the rim. Spoon sweets can be stored in a cool dry place or in the refrigerator.
After you consume a jar of traditional Greek strawberry spoon sweet, if there is any leftover syrup you can use it to brush over cake layers and pastries.