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Military Orchid


By Pride

Military Orchid (Orchis militaris (Military Orchid))

Root - cooked. It is a source of 'salep', a fine white to yellowish-white powder that is obtained by drying the tuber and grinding it into a powder. Salep is a starch-like substance with a sweetish taste and a faint somewhat unpleasant smell. It is said to be very nutritious and is made into a drink or can be added to cereals and used in making bread etc. One ounce of salep is said to be enough to sustain a person for a day.

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Is this not a true orchid? Looks more like a lily... Beautiful, none-the-less :)

4 May, 2009

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