Do you like ice cream? Have you ever tried the Persian ice cream? They are so special and have become my favorite ice creams now.
Long time ago, when an Iranian King did his trip to Europe, he enjoyed French ice cream in Paris. Afterwards, ice cream was introduced to Iran. As we all know, Iran is home to the world’s most expensive herb: saffron. In Iran, saffron is much cheaper than the rest of the world and saffron is used pretty extensively in Persian Cuisine. Almost all the rice I ate is cooked with saffron in Iran. So I guess then why not make ice cream with it too.
- Bastani Sonnati
Saffron ice cream is sold everywhere in the country, from upscale restaurants to the street vendors or convenient shops, all of them delicious. At first I didn’t even know it was saffron ice cream (lol) as I wasn’t so familiar with the saffron flavor. I only thought “wow, this special flavored ice cream actually tastes not bad.” and started eating it a few times every day until one day someone asked me “Do you also like our saffron ice cream?”
Iranians’ creativity about ice creams is not limited to the nation’s pride, saffron. Another interesting ice cream is the famous Faloodeh. When my Iranian host introduced this to me, he referred it as the “Persian noodle dessert”. I couldn’t believe it until I saw it. This very traditional dessert contains It some thin vermicelli-sized noodles that soak in rosewater-syrup-made sorbet, normally you get an ice cream ball on top of the noodles. Faloodeh originated in Shiraz, I was eating it the whole time in Shiraz. I liked it but if you are used to the Japanese ice creams, you might find it slightly too sweet.
- Ab-Haveej Bastani
This one is even cooler, ice cream with carrot juice on the bottom. The Iranian can really make ice cream healthy and refreshing. If you think Faloodeh is too sweet for you, definitely give Ab-Haveej Bastani a try. The name is difficult to remember, I always told them “with carrot juice”. Carrot is a very popular ingredient in Iranian kitchen too, I like the carrot jam the host family made for breakfast.
In Iran, dessert shops can be found everywhere on the street, this was taken close to the Afif Abad Garden in Shiraz.
Do these tasty ice creams make you want to visit Iran now?
觉得Faloodeh偏甜的可以尝尝另一种神奇的冰淇淋，算是一半冰淇淋，一半胡萝卜汁。这个就特别好吃了，胡萝卜汁非常爽口，又中和了冰淇淋的甜和腻，混在一起超好吃，我在伊朗吃的不少，一天两个吧，通常我都用谷歌翻译 “胡萝卜汁” 给店主看，他们就明白了，哈哈（真不知道比利时哪里可以找到伊朗冰淇淋，写到这里很想吃）。伊朗人也很喜欢运用胡萝卜这个食材，还喜欢把它做成果酱早上夹在面包里吃，也很好吃。