Sorbet is a frozen dessert made from sweetened water with flavoring (typically fruit juice or fruit purée, wine, liqueur, or very rarely, honey), and was already known in China since the Seventh Century B.C.
Chinese culture found a way to maintain ice in special cantines. The habit of mixing ice with some fruit aromas arrived to Italy, passing from the far East through the Middle East. In fact, the word “sorbet” seems to come from the arabic “sharba,” which means “fresh beverage.”
In the mountains near Sorrento you can see the “ghiacciaie” or “niviere,” which are artificial caves where iced snow was stored with lemons covered with ferns.
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