28 Oct '15, 11am

Ever tried a Turkish salep? Great cool-weather morning starter

Ever tried a Turkish salep? Great cool-weather morning starter

Salep is made from the roots of several species of orchid. The starchy tubers are ground down into a nutrient-filled flour. Salep has been used throughout Turkey and in areas that were a part of the former Ottoman Empire. Actually, the beverage was brought as far as Western Europe where it was popular before coffee and tea took its place. Salep flour can be used as a thickener for deserts, though it is most commonly stirred into sweetened milk and drunk hot. Because 1,000 flowers are needed to make one kilogram of flour, the export of salep is strictly controlled. Instant powdered versions are available outside of Turkey, though these generally have little of the actual flour, relying mostly on artificial flavoring. As was noted, getting the salep flour can be tricky, so exchange it for a glutinous rice flour from an Asian supermarket when you use this recipe to make salep...

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