Turkey has a lot of unique drink tastes that vary from sweet to salty to spicy. These exotic drinks dated back a long time ago and have spread all over the world due to their popularity. One of the oldest is salep, an incredibly delicious Turkish drink that is known since the time of the Ottoman Empire. This drink is prepared from the tubers of wild orchids. The tubers are harvested, then washed, boiled and dried. Next, they are grounded into a fine powder that gives this drink a specific earthy flavor along with a creamy texture.

This hot drink is consumed especially during the cold winter months, to help soothe coughs and inhibit bronchitis. Ottoman sailors were using salep when gone on a long journey to keep them healthy.

Salep’ Is Known For Its Healing Powers
In Turkey, salep is respected not only for its lovely taste, but also for its health benefits. Salep helps relieve chest congestion and prevents bronchitis. It empowers the heart, increases energy levels and boost sexual desire. Also, it is believed to ease constipation.

Where To Buy Salep
If it happens to you to travel in Turkey, the best choice is to take some authentic salep from there. On the other hand, you can search for salep at some Turkish, Greek or Middle Eastern markets. Also, there are some websites that sell Turkish products.

Here is an easy recipe for salep that you can prepare it at home.

• 1 tbsp. salep flour
• 2 cups milk
• 2 tsp. sugar
• cinnamon
• optional dash of orange blossom water, rose water, chopped pistachios or walnuts

1. Mix the salep and the sugar in a small saucepan. Add the milk. Stir slowly until just combined.

2. Put the mixture over a low heat, and stir constantly until thickened, for about 10 minutes.

3. Turn off the heat. Pour the salep into mugs and sprinkle the top with plenty of cinnamon.
Even though, salep is especially good for cold days, you can drink this beverage each time of the year enjoying its delightful taste.