Summer is almost here (for some of us), and what better way to celebrate than with a big bowl of ice cream. Whether it be raw horse flesh and vanilla, or squid ink, frozen foie gras and spaghetti cheese ice cream, you’ll find them here. Continue reading for more.

In the Persian Empire, people would pour grape-juice concentrate over snow, in a bowl, and eat this as a treat, especially when the weather was hot. Snow would either be saved in the cool-keeping underground chambers known as “yakhchal”, or taken from snowfall that remained at the top of mountains by the summer capital – Hagmatana, Ecbatana or Hamedan of today. In 400 BC, the Persians went further and invented a special chilled food, made of rose water and vermicelli, which was served to royalty during summers. The ice was mixed with saffron, fruits, and various other flavours.