If there is one food that is loved the world over, it is ice cream. Although the fisrt thing that comes to mind may be the famous gelato when we think about ice cream, different types have emergedfrom different cultures around the world.
Ice cream is one of many things that are associated with summer. When ice creams find their way to the groceries and super markets, you know that summer is around the corner. It is always the best summer treat for not only children but adults as well.
Ice cream’s origins are known to go back as far as the Mesopotamian civilizations, although there is no reference to a specific date. Historic memoirs claim that Alexander the Great enjoyed snow and ice flavored with honey and nectar. During the Roman Empire, Nero Claudius Caesar frequently sent runners into the mountains for snow, which was then flavored with fruits and juices. The flavored snow was enjoyed by people around the world for many centuries. The recipe for the ice cream as we know it today, however, is believed to have surfaced around the 16th century. Although up until that time ice cream was around, it was always a food for the privileged. It wasn’t until 1660 that ice cream was made available to the general public. The Sicilian Procopio introduced a recipe blending milk, cream, butter and eggs in Paris.
With the introduction to the general public, ice cream and its recipe began to take shape according to the cuisine and culture of countries. In time, the simple snow and flavor recipe evolved into something that you eat for refreshment. Turkish people usually stick to regular flavors for their ice cream. Chocolate and vanilla are the most consumed flavors, along with strawberry, lemon and more. Ice cream in Turkey is usually milk-based. Although regular ice cream (which is soft and milky) is mostly preferred in Turkey, Turkish people invented their own kind of ice cream. “Maraş dondurması” is a unique and thick ice cream recipe that originated in the Kahramanmaraş province of Turkey. Maraş ice cream is as stretchy as mozzarella cheese. It is made with salep, a wild orchid root that gives it a chewy, stretchy texture. And because it is illegal to export salep, it’s only available in Turkey. Maraş ice cream is usually served by a man in traditional clothes, which draws quite a lot of attention especially in touristic areas.
Germans are definitely the nation which has the weirdest ice cream tradition. Their traditional ice cream “spaghettieis” looks like a plate of spaghetti with tomato sauce!
If you order some ice cream in Germany and the waiter brings this strange dessert to your table, place remain calm; although it looks like pasta, spaghettieis is vanilla ice cream drawn through a pastamaker and then topped with a strawberry topping. This odd but playful ice cream was created by an Italian in Germany in the 1960s and has been on the menus of German restaurants ever since.
On a hot summer day in Iran, there is nothing more refreshing than a cup of faloodeh.