Turkey’s traditional Maras ice cream draws numerous Turks to its birthplace Kahramanmaraş, located at the juncture of southeastern Anatolia and Mediterranean region.

Now, the creamy, elastic dessert, made of goat milk and salep, is becoming a global hit, as Turkey exports to countries like China, South Africa, the U.S. and the Maldives. Kahramanmaras Commerce and Industry Chamber board member, Erdal Kanbur said Maras ice cream is exported around the world, to countries in the Far East, Africa and America.

He said the city welcomes a great number of tourists who want to taste its delicious ice cream. For Bahadir Ayvaz, a visitor from Malatya, it is the goat milk that gives Maras ice cream its unique taste and texture. “It is definitely worth traveling to Maras just to have a taste of this ice cream,” he said.

Kahramanmaras has also become the last stop for Southeast Anatolian tours. “After our Southeast Anatolia tour, we wanted to visit Maras, the birthplace of ice cream,” Zubeyir Yilmaz, a tour guide said.

Maras Dondurma, ice cream in Turkish, is made from goat milk, sugar and powder from the tubers of wild orchids, salep.

Source:  Daily Sabah

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