Friday, June 9, 2017

In the JNF Kitchen: From Israeli ice cream shop Buza, fresh fruit sorbet

Buza ice cream Israel

Ice cream shop Buza in Israel's Western Galilee has graced us with this delightful recipe for prickly pear or strawberry sorbet -- the flavor is up to you! 

Buza, the Arabic word for ice cream, is co-owned and operated by Alaa Sweetat, a local Muslim, and Adam Ziv, a Jew from Kibbutz Sasa. Their ice cream is Italian-inspired and produced from the finest ingredients, 100 percent natural. Their main store is located in the center of Maalot-Tarshicha, a Jewish-Arab town in the culturally diverse Western Galilee. Friends Sweetat and Ziv are models for co-existence. What brings people together if not ice cream?!

Adam Ziv and Alaa Sweetat, Buza
Photo: Anne Taillandier
Co-owners Ziv (left) and Sweetat in their Maalot-Tarshicha shop. 

Buza is a member of JNF partner organization Western Galilee Now, a consortium of small businesses in the region. Enjoy this #RecipeOfTheWeek, and if you make any of these recipes, be sure to send a photo of your creation to or tweet it to @JNFUSA with the hashtag #JNFfoodie. We might share it! 

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400 grams (a bit more than 1.5 cups) prickly pear or strawberries
600 grams (2.5 cups) simple syrup*
700 grams (3 cups) water
150 grams (10 Tbsp) white sugar
100 (7 Tbsp) grams glucose
50 (3.5 Tbsp) grams dextrose 


*Make the syrup by combining all the ingredients above, minus the fruit. Then crush the fruit, and combine with the syrup. Mix, freeze, and enjoy!

Buza ice cream Israel

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