Konjac, In Ice Cream!

Tim Eck teck11@embarqmail.com
Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:05:51 PDT
I apparently only got follow up posts on this topic, but for those who
haven't read the book, there is a chapter (essay) in "Orchid Fever" called
'The Fox Testicle Ice Cream of Kemal Kucukonderuzunkoluk'.  The book is a
must read for all plant collectors.

-----Original Message-----
From: pbs [mailto:pbs-bounces@lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Zeki Ikiz via
Sent: Tuesday, July 01, 2014 3:15 PM
To: Pacific Bulb Society
Subject: Re: [pbs] Konjac, In Ice Cream!

Greetings from Turkey,Antalya..
I am so sorry but my goverment has not forbidden 'salep' exporting..Only
forbidden picking out terrestrial orchids from area but also permitted to
pick them out by under control..I can not say it is working..All are out of
And our ice cream which is not bad as been described.There may be false some
under the very famous brands..
Zeki ikiz,
Antalya, fully mediterranean :)

On Tuesday, July 1, 2014 8:10 PM, Rodger Whitlock <totototo@telus.net>

On 27 Jun 2014, at 16:13, Judy Glattstein wrote:

> Who'd a thought?
> "Dondurma, Turkish ice cream, is traditionally made with ... salep, 
> which is derived from the bulbs of wild Anatolian orchids.

I've had salap (also spelled salep, salab, etc) as a hot beverage. I've read
(somewhere!) that the Turkish government has forbidden the export of salap,
but you often see boxes of it in stores devoted to Middle Eastern foodsm but
the last package I bought seemed to me to be nothing more than a rather poor
quality cornstarch pudding.  

Interesting stuff, and now that you've mentioned konjac powder as a
substitute, I'll be keeping an eye open for it. Something in me likes
stringy hot pudding flavored variously with mastic, orange blossom water or
rose water.

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Z. 7-8, cool Mediterranean climate

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