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Sorbet, or sherbet, is a cold dessert made with water or fruit juice instead of milk.[1] Most sorbets have fruit flavors. Lemon is the most common flavor, and other flavors include orange, lemon, cherry, lime, red wine. Rainbow is a mix of different-colored flavors, usually including lemon and cherry.[2][3]

Sorbet is a French name, but the origin of the dessert is not known for sure. It has been around for several centuries. Before refrigeration frozen ice stores were used. Claims have been made that the idea was known in ancient Persia.[4][5][6][7]


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  4. Book of Firsts. RW Press. ISBN 9781909284296. c. 550-330 BC, First mention of flavoured snow or ice : during the Persian Empire.
  5. Cousineau, Phil (2012-09-11). The Painted Word: A Treasure Chest of Remarkable Words and Their Origins. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9781936740253. The ancient Persians created a delicious and cooling concoction called sharbat
  6. "Who Invented Ice Cream? - Ice Cream Inventor". www.icecreamhistory.net. Retrieved 2019-10-11. History of ice creams begun around 500 B.C. in the Persian Empire where ice was used in combination with grape juices, fruits, and other flavors to produce very expensive and hard to produce summertime treats.
  7. Bot, History (2017-06-27). "The Origin and History of Ice Cream, Explored". World History. Retrieved 2019-10-11. Though nearly every civilization in the world aims to be credited with the invention of ice cream, earliest remnants for such a concoction appear to be of Persian nature. History shows that by at least 400BC, royals in Persia were known to indulge in cooled, pudding-like syrups blended with snow, rose water and vermicelli. Other flavors were also added to the mix including fruits and spices.