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Once inside Jumeirah Zabeel Saray's palatial lobby, guests can experience the flavourful dondurma, for a true taste of Turkish ice cream.

The resident ice cream maker can be found in a traditional kiosk whipping the ingredients together with a long metallic rod. The ice cream is typically denser with a more elastic texture and melts more slowly than traditional European ice cream. It originates from the south-eastern area of the country where salep, mastic resin and milk are found in abundance.

The resin is derived from the mastic tree, an evergreen belonging to the pistachio family and salep, a type of flour, is made from Turkish wild orchids. Dondurma is a staple in the country's history and has been made for the last 300 years.


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