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Sharbat or Sherbet (Arabic: شربة sharba; Persian/Urdu: شربت Sharbat; Turkish: Şerbet;Azerbaijani:Şərbət) is a popular Middle Eastern and South Asian drink that is prepared from fruits or flower petals. It is sweet and served chilled. It can be served in concentrate form and eaten with a spoon or diluted with water to create the drink.

Popular sharbats are made of one or more of the following: Rose, Sandalwood, Bael, Gurhal (Hibiscus), Lemon, Orange, Pineapple, Falsa (Grewia asiatica).

Most of the sharbats are very common in Pakistani, Iranian, Afghan and Indian homes. These are claimed to have several medicinal values and to be ayurvedic in nature.

History


In the 12th century Persian book of Zakhireye Khwarazmshahi, Gorgani describes different types of Sharbats in Iran, including Ghoore, Anar, Sekanjebin, and etc. It was popularized in the Indian subcontinent by the Mughal rulers, one of whom sent for frequent loads of ice from the Himalayas to make a cool refreshing drink. In the gardens of the Ottoman Palace, spices and fruits to be used in sherbet were grown under the control of pharmacists and doctors of the Palace.

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References

Sharbat, en.wikipedia.org

Quick Mandarin Sherbet Recipe, www.ifood.tv

SHERBET SPECIAL DRINK, www.cooks.com

How to Make Strawberry Sherbet Drink, www.ehow.com