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an orchid-root beverage

Posted by zinniabride z8 TX (My Page) on
Fri, Jan 7, 05 at 18:39

Dear Folks,

Here's some info on a popular beverage made from orchid root, good for wintertime tummy trouble, it seems.

Here is a link that might be useful: Salep

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RE: an orchid-root beverage

The orchid listed on the linked site as being the basis for the drink is Orchis macula. According to a web search this orchid, while having a wide distribution, is described as "rare" or "endangered" in some locales and is a protected species in the Netherlands.

Traffic in certain herbs has severely depleted them in the wild (goldenseal and ginseng are just two examples). I would hate to see Orchis macula collected to the point of extinction due to Internet promotion of its reputed (but apparently, not documented) value to "the intestines".

RE: an orchid-root beverage

Salep (or salop) was traditionally made with quite a bit of Ginger ... and that is well-known to be good for upset tummies.

I think the orchid got the credit for the work the Ginger did.

BTW, the original intent of salep, like most orchid-based drinks was an aphrodisiac, not a digestive aid. Diasatyrion or plain Satyrion (look up "satyr") was the original name of the plant.

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