One of any trip’s attractions, apart from visiting the natural and historical sites of the cities, is to taste their local foods and desserts. So be conscious about the special foods of your destination and try them as soon as you reach there because you will surely regret if you do not experience some of them when returning to your country! One of the delightful cold desserts that will bring you a good feeling is Faloodeh Shirazi; this tasty meal is the portion of those who come to Shiraz.
Most people enjoy summer because of icy summer desserts; the most popular ones are Faloodeh Shirazi and ice cream. Faloodeh Shirazi is not a type of Shiraz sweets but one of the Shirazi desserts and, of course, one of the most famous Persian desserts. Not only will you find this summer dessert in Shiraz, but also you can find it in most traditional ice cream shops in the country. Faloodeh is a small noodle-like string that is flavoured with sweet juice and nectar. Other cities such as Kerman and Yazd also have Faloodeh; interesting to know, Kerman’s Faloodeh is as popular as Shiraz.
History of Ice Cream in Iran
The history of Ice Cream, which had been a combination of ice and rose sap in Persia, dates back to about 400 BC. We should consider Faloodeh Shirazi as the ancient ice cream fruition that today goes beyond the geographical borders, being sold in European countries. One of the well-known brands in selling Persian ice cream is Darlish in France.
History and Recipe of Shirazi Faloodeh
The name Faloodeh is derived from the word Paludeh, which is taken from the word Paludan, meaning purification. Even today, some people in Shiraz call it Paloodeh. This delicious dessert exists for more than 80 years in Persia. Faloodeh used to be prepared traditionally by dissolving starch in water and heating it slightly to thicken. Then were cast into a cylindrical vessel, and by pressing on it, thin strands came out of the phloem-like container, the hot strands were poured into ice water immediately to harden them. The noodles were then poured onto shaved ice and flavoured with syrup, rose, or lemon juice.
In addition to lemon juice, chateau juice, and herbal essences such as Nastaran, leek, etc. can also be used to relish it. Although today, with the industrialization of tools, the production process has become simpler and most manufacturers prepare Faloodeh in a new style, many ice cream parlors still produce it traditionally and offer the best Faloodeh Shirazi to customers. As Faloodeh is tied to the shiraz culture, the city of poetry and literature, the people of Shiraz are always trying to preserve it. Finally, the skill of preparing Faloodeh Shirazi has nationally registered in 2016 as Shiraz cultural heritage.
Faloodeh Shirazi Properties
Let’s get acquainted with the superior properties of Faloodeh Shirazi:
Eating Faloodeh can fortify us during intense mental activity, learning, and studying or when the volume of body fluids decreases. It is also helpful during heatstroke, intoxication resulting in diarrhea, in cases of hypoglycemia, fasting, and prolonged hunger. Such a dessert always provides energy and relieves fatigue.
One of its most prominent qualities is its healing feature for throat and lung problems, especially on summer and hot days. Additionally, Faloodeh is beneficial for the stomach due to its power to eliminate diarrhea; it becomes more effective when adding basil seeds. However, it is not recommended for those with a cold nature body or fatty liver.
Where to eat Shirazi Ice Cream?
A bowl of such an unmatched dessert with an original lemon juice will save you when tired of sightseeing. Naser Khosrow Street on Posht-e Arg (Behind the citadel) neighborhood is one of the shiraz quarters that contain the most famous and oldest Faloodeh shops where you can try the real taste of such a tempting dessert.