Elixir of Love: Orchid a Favorite Healthful Beverage!
Salep (orchis maculate) is a plant of the genus Orchis sp. of used root, usually represented in the regions of Central and Eastern Europe.
In many countries of the East, mainly in Turkey Salep is a traditional drink and ritual The preparation only complements pleasures.
The popular orchid powder is obtained by grinding the dried bulbs of mountain orchids of the genus Orchis (Orchis mascula, Orchis militaries).
Orchids that are suitable for the production of orchid have a unique structure. The roots of these orchids have an oval shape and comprise two bulbs. The larger the flower bulb feeds, while smaller is spare. Manufacturers often use smaller, spare bulb. When it is removed, the larger bulb starts to generate new bulbs and thus flower lives.
Healthy, juicy and developed bulbs are dug when the plants bloom or their fade.
The collected roots are washed in cold water and then left a few minutes in hot water to inactivate the enzymes in them, and even then dried in the sun.
Paradis large amount of mucus that contains, the root is cooked thick, viscous fluid, commonly called orchid.
Salep is recommended for throat irritation and upper respiratory mucosa irritated since January coated with a thin protective layer, and thus stops a cough.
Apart from this healing influence is believed to have aphrodisiac and capacity.
Salep glucomannan-containing – polysaccharide is water-soluble and acting as thickeners. Otherwise, Salep been a popular drink in Western Europe before reaching the coffee from Africa.
One teaspoon of orchid powder mix with a little water until the mixture is smooth. Then add one cup of milk and cook 5 minutes, stirring constantly. When push comes to shove, the drink is ready. Season with cinnamon or chocolate crumbs.
The beneficial properties of Salep:
- It helps with coughs and bronchitis,
- Contributes to improved brain function,
- Reduces pain during menstruation,
- Used for constipation,
- Kills worms and parasites.