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Blood orange and rosemary sorbet.

Sorbet (or sorbetto, sorbeto) is a frozen dessert made from iced fruit puree and other ingredients. The term "sherbet" is derived from the Turkish word for "sorbet", şerbat which in turn comes from Arabic.

Sorbet is a form of gelato that contains no milk, unlike ice cream. Sorbets may contain alcohol (which lowers the freezing temperature, resulting in a softer sorbet). Unlike ice cream, the machinery used whips almost no air into the sorbet, resulting in a dense and extremely flavorful product.

Sorbets are traditionally served between the starter course and main entrée (main course) in order to cleanse the palate. The French are responsible for this culinary tradition.

Folklore insists that Nero, the Roman Emperor, invented sorbet during the first century A.D. when he had runners along the Appian way pass buckets of snow hand over hand from the mountains to his banquet hall where it was then mixed with honey and wine. The Chinese have also made concoctions made from snow, juice, and fruit pulp for several thousand years.

Frozen desserts are believed to have been brought to France in 1533 by Catherine de Medici when she left Italy to marry the Duke of Orleans, who later became Henry II of France. By the end of the 17th century, sorbet was served in the streets of Paris, and spread to England and the rest of Europe.

Sorbet is served as a non-fat (sometimes 3% fat) and vegan alternative to ice cream.

Agraz is a type of sorbet, usually associated with Spain, Iberia, the Maghreb, and north Africa. It is made from almonds, verjuice, and sugar. It has a strongly acidic flavour, because of the verjuice. (Larousse Gastronomique)


[edit] Sorbets in Popular Culture

The first time a UK television audience saw a person eat a sorbet was on the relatively late date of 22nd July 1970. The event occurred during an episode of the long running ITV soap opera Coronation Street in which character Elsie Tanner is married to Alan Howard. The wedding to Alan was Elsie's third marriage and she chose a very quiet ceremony with informal celebratory drinks in the Rovers Return afterwards. However, the couple honeymooned in Paris, and during one of the brief scenes of the couple abroad, Elsie is clearly seen to be spooning Pear-Ginger sorbet into her mouth whilst venting spleen about long time foe Ena Sharples.<ref>David Hanson & Roger Dixon, Access All Areas: "Coronation Street" (Andre Deutsch Ltd, 1999),p.93.</ref>

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