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Difference between Marzipan and Persipan

Question by Fit Like Never Before | 2012-08-02 at 12:05

I have the impression, that marzipan and persipan are pretty interchangeable. At least, in some products, in which one expects marzipan, sometimes persipan is included instead. And also the taste seems to be quite similar, indeed.

So, what exactly is the difference between marzipan and persipan?

26 Votes

Marzipan is made from almonds and persipan is made from peeled apricot pits or peach pits.

As the apricot and peach nuclei, unlike the almonds, find no other use and are actually a waste product, persipan (some call it also Parzipan), is a lot cheaper and therefore it is used by many manufacturers of sweets instead of marzipan.

Gourmets would naturally prefer the "real" marzipan, but you can not say, that one is less healthy than the other product.
2012-08-03 at 18:31

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35 Votes

Persipan has been developed as a cheap alternative to marzipan. The term is a portmanteau of persicus (Latin for peach) and marzipan. While marzipan is made from almonds and has not more than 35 percent sugar, persipan is made from peach pits or apricot pits and includes 60 percent of sugar.

Since persipan also has some own taste, it is used partly preferred, especially in certain baked goods.

In the GDR, there was an even cheaper alternative: Resipan from corn grits! But I believe, that this is no longer manufactured today.
2012-08-04 at 18:05

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