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Salep 100% pure
Without additives
Origin: Greece, Florina

Salep or Sahlep or Sahlab

Salepi comes from the bulbs of the plant Orchis mascula, a species of wild orchid that got its scientific name from Theophrastus because of the shape of the bulbs which are schematically similar to male testicles.

This particular wild orchid is not cultivated. In Greece it is collected during the summer months from the mountain ranges of Pindos and Rodopi, then it is dried and ground into powder. The resulting powder is called "salepi" as well as the drink we prepare from the powder in combination with aromatic spices.

The folk tradition attributed aphrodisiac properties to Salep, in fact it was considered that women who drank salep gave birth to male children.

Apart from the folk mythology, salep is an excellent warming drink that is especially honored in our city Thessaloniki, during the cold winter months. Sahlep is seasoned with ginger and cinnamon which act in combination to stimulate blood circulation and warm the body. It is an ideal drink for a weakened body on the verge of a cold or flu. In addition, the spices, contained in salep drink, help relieve muscle aches and joint pains, thanks to their anti-inflammatory properties (ginger & cinnamon).

Salep is a starchy food and its drink is very sticky and thick. This thick liquid acts beneficially as an emollient of the respiratory and digestive system. It is an ideal drink for the relief of cough, asthma and expectoration of phlegm. The sticky texture of salep also soothes the entire digestive system. It relieves stomach pain, heartburn and indigestion. Ideal for people suffering from acid reflux disease or gastric ulcer. Salep, thanks to its mucous texture, also enhances the peristaltic movement of the intestine in cases of severe constipation. As a result, hemorrhoids are also relieved.

In short, salep is an excellent warming, emollient, tonic and healing drink that will accompany you all winter ...

How to Prepare Salep Drink:

  • 1 cup of water (or milk, milk can also non-dairy eg almond milk)
  • 1 small teaspoon of Salep powder
  • 1 cinnamon stick Cassia Cinnamon Stick (Cassia)
  • 2-3 cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger powder
  • a small pinch of nutmeg, feshly ground (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon of brown sugar or honey (optional)
  • ceylon cinnamon to add on top when served

Add all the ingredients to a small pan and place over low heat. Stir constantly to dissolve the salep powder, and remove from the heat as soon as it starts to swell. Remove the cinnamon stick and cloves and serve the drink in the glass. Finally, sprinkle with cinnamon on top (preferably ceylon cinnamon) and enjoy while hot.The ultimate drink for winter, for the whole body but also for the heart!