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Type Ice cream
Cookbook:Booza  Booza

Arabic mastic ice cream - "booza" (Arabic: البوظة العربية), is an elastic, sticky, high level melt resistant ice cream which should delay melting in the hotter climates of the Arabic countries where it is most commonly found.

The ice cream is usually and traditionally made with an ingredient Salep which provides it with the ability to resist melting at the speed which other regular ice creams are affected by. Salep is also a primary ingredient in the turkish version of this style of ice cream named Dondurma.

In Iraq[edit]

In Iraq, it is customary to eat the ice cream on square wooden sticks.

Syria & Lebanon[edit]

It is prevalent mainly in Syria and Lebanon because of their proximity to the regional growth of a tree Pistacia lentiscus. There are gum Arabic ice cream vendors who tend to show tourists how they grind the focus ingredient, mastic, and pound it while singing and playing music.

Ancient Damascus[edit]

In the Old City of Damascus there is a shop called "sanctuary" that is famous throughout the Arab world for its ice cream and gum Arabic. It is a popular attraction for tourists.

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