Photo credits: Anastasia Yannopoulou.
Once they were fanatically patronized by early morning laborers and late – night revellers.
they were plentiful…
coffee occupies the most significant niche in the consumption of hot beverages.
salepi vendors are getting fewer and fewer….
The term ‘Orchid’ has its origin from the Greek word ‘Orchis’ for testicle, referring to the paired root tubers of some species. It doesn’t take much imagination to wonder why ancient Greeks and Romans ascribed medicinal and aphrodisiac properties to the tubers of orchid.
Today, Greek orchids are threatened with extinction due to overharvesting and destroyed habitats. They are protected by law, making it illegal to pick them or dig up their roots. Thus, most street vendors sell salep made from cornstarch, sugar, water and artificial flavor.
Of course, you can make it yourself at home. Buy salepi powder of cultivated orchids. Expensive but worth it!
Pour the milk and sugar into a pot. Heat the mixture and add the salepi slowly. Simmer for 6-7 minutes, stirring, until it becomes thick. Sprinkle with cinnamon and ginger and serve.
ΓΙΑ ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΑ, ΕΔΩ