NEW YORK (AP) — A new ice cream store specializing in a style of ice cream popularized in the Middle East has opened in New York City.

The Republic of Booza opened Monday in Brooklyn with a variety of flavors for the cold treat commonly found in the Levant. The New York Times reports booza has a peculiar texture — with elasticity similar to certain fresh cheeses that also makes it very resistant to melting.

The texture of booza is the result of a combination of ground roots of orchid plants and a pounding technique.

Owner Michael Sadler says booza predates any other form of ice cream. His shop offers many different flavors, including strawberry, black walnut, salted caramel and saffron and peppercorn.

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Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com