Kashta, frequently transliterated ashta, is a creamy component of many Lebanese pastries. It also figures in at least two flavors of Cedars' housemade ice cream (single scoop, $1.50), one studded with pistachios, and this simple version traced with rosewater. Kashta is thickened with sahlep, the powdered tuber of a Middle Eastern orchid that also bolsters a hot Turkish beverage. The elastic consistency of kashta ice cream traditionally comes from mastic, the resin of a tree native to Greece; a similar resin is derived from two species of acacia.
Cedars has a large seating area where you can enjoy its confections on the premises. Even in colder weather, stopping in for a scoop of Lebanese ice cream isn't such a stretch.
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