Bastani-e nooni is a feast for the senses. The gorgeous yellow hue of saffron ice cream. The aroma of rose water. The smooth texture of the cool, creamy treat countering the crispy wafers and crunchy sprinkling of pistachios.
Iran has made many lasting contributions to the world of frozen desserts, from the universally beloved sherbet (sharbat) to the noodle-accented treat known as faloodeh to ancient ice-storing towers. Comparatively, the Persian ice cream sandwich is a far more modern treat. But what the dessert lacks in history, it more than makes up for in its alluring aroma, beauty, and flavor.
Need to Know
If you can't make it to Iran, Los Angeles, California, has many Iranian ice cream shops, particularly in the neighborhood known as "Little Tehran."
Where to Try It
Mansour Ice CreamMolla Sadra St., Vanak, Tehran, Iran
This humble shop is a favorite in Tehran.
This elegant Persian eatery in the Prospect Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn makes an equally elegant ice cream sandwich.