Mastic Salep at Victory Garden

If you follow us on twitter (and if you don’t, you should), you may know that I’ve been making a lot of ice cream lately, using fruits, vegetables, and herbs from my local Greenmarket. On my way to meet Jess & Garrett at 900 Degrees I passed by Victory Garden, an ice cream shop that offers lots of local, seasonal flavors. I made up my mind to stop by after pizza, because, you know… research. Thankfully Jess & Garrett decided to come with me. Of course I am almost always attracted to the most unusual flavors I can find, so instead of ordering the black currant or the chocolate rosemary, I decided on the mastic flavor. Mastic, as I’m sure you know, is the resin of a tree from a small Greek island, and has a pine-like flavor. Victory Garden was offering this unusual flavor in a Turkish-style ice cream called salep, or dondurma. Salep, and again I’m sure you’re aware of this, is made from the root of an orchid, and makes the ice cream stretchy and chewy. The server described the texture as similar to mozzarella cheese, which is close. I’d also say it was similar to marshmallow. So yeah, I ended up eating chewy, pine flavored ice cream. It was good, and I’m glad I ordered it, but I don’t think I’d get it again. You should get some and decide for yourself.

Victory Garden — 31 Carmine St

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4 thoughts on “Mastic Salep at Victory Garden

  1. We had Salep in Turkey, I believe in Istanbul. The best thing about salep or Turkish Ice Cream is to watch these ice cream guys work the ice cream and serve it…it’s amazing and I wish I’d taken some better photos of the whole show. I agree wholeheartedly on the flavor and texture though. I was like, “ok, I can say I tried it…no thanks again…”

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  2. Salep is more commonly known as a hot drink, made with salep, milk, and cinnamon, that you can buy at street stands in Turkey. Would love to see it sold here! “Dondurma” can refer to either the ice cream made with salep and mastic, or ice cream in general.

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