🥛When the winter comes traditional and historic drink salep color up the cold grey days. Salep with its ancient medical history warm you up. If you happen to be in Turkey during winter, these drinks most definitely offer a different experience to your taste buds.😊
🌸Orchids have fascinated mankind for more than 3000 years, not only with its aesthetic beauty but also with its medical might. The idea of making a drink out of this enchanting flower belongs to Turks, thanks to their religious belief.
🙅♀️According to the belief, they are not allowed to drink alcoholic beverages. 🍼So they came up with the idea of salep, a hot milky drink to warm you up during the cold winters.
💐🌸💮Tubers of wild orchids are washed, boiled, dried and finally grinded into flour. This is the essence of this soft and warming, but also medical drink. The healing power of salep comes from glucomannan, which heals respiratory problems like bronchitis and cough. It empowers the heart and the mind, stops diarrhea and warms up the body. Especially if it’s consumed with ginger and/or cinnamon, its effect is amplified.☕
🌺This precious flower grows almost everywhere in Turkey, and there are lots of varieties. Yet, some varieties are facing extinction. To get 1 kilo of salep flour, more than 1000 orchid tubers are pulled out of the soil. And it takes up to 7 or 8 years for the orchid’s tubers to grow sufficiently to use for salep production. Therefore, export of salep is prohibited.