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Classic Turkish Cooking

By Ghillie Basan

Published 1995

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The hard gummy resin from the acacia tree, which is most commonly used in ice-cream to give it a chewy texture. It is a popular chewing gum, too. Mastika is also the name given to the mastic-flavoured rakı. Mastic crystals, which are easily crushed with sugar to release the smell of the acacia bark, are sometimes stocked in Middle Eastern stores.