Iran’s saffron-ice cream among world’s top 50 desserts

January 28, 2019 - 21:5

TEHRAN – Iran’s saffron ice cream or bastani, scented with saffron, rosewater and pistachios, is among the world’s 50 best desserts, according to CNN.

From a lightly golden color to its distinctive aroma, the creamy treat is the essence of spring. By tradition, this Iranian ice cream is a favorite at Nowruz, the Persian New Year.

“It is a memorable experience on its own, and its flavor alone easily snags a spot among the world's greatest frozen desserts.”

For the complete bastani experience, though, opt for a traditional Iranian ice cream sandwich of saffron ice cream between two thin wafers. The wafers’ mild flavor and crispy texture are the perfect foil -- and conveniently shaped handle -- for the rich and aromatic ice cream.

According to CNN, the shortlist comes from unofficial elections of the stomach, both have been voted to a permanent place in the world’s food hall of fame.

“Head to any country to find tender slices of Italian tiramisú at the bottom of cafe menus or sniff out the creamy scent of Hong Kong's dan tats in cities around the globe.”

Persian ice cream is dissimilar to other common forms of ice cream. It is made of milk and dairy that is heated before other specialized ingredients are added.

The dairy is skillfully mixed with saffron, rosewater, frozen clotted cream, and saleb (natural binder extracted from orchid). It is then served topped with pistachio nuts.

South America’s Alfajores, Austria’s Apfelstrudel, Turkey’s Baklava, Sweden’s Cardamom Buns, and Brownies from the U.S. are among the CNN’s best desserts as well.