tulip origin

totototo@telus.net totototo@telus.net
Mon, 29 Oct 2007 18:26:34 PDT
On 29 Oct 07, at 11:56, Jim McKenney wrote:

> As an aside, how many of you saw the recent article in the food
> section of one of the major newspapers in which a sort of rubbery
> ice cream had been developed based on old concoctions made with
> salep. Evidently the salep trade continues to this day in Turkey. 

Also in North America, or at least in Canada. Around here, food 
stores specializing in Middle Eastern delicacies often have salap for 
sale. There are several different brands and most or all seem to be 
only partly pure salap, the rest being a standard culinary starch. 
Careful reading of the ingredient lists suggests some contain a 
higher proportion of salap than others.

Cooked up per directions with milk, sugar, and flavorings, these 
products make something very close to a cornstarch pudding, but with 
a distinctively gooey, stringy texture. They are usually fairly sweet 
and flavored with rose water or orange blossom water. There is 
nothing in their flavor that I can attribute to the salap they 

Salap is famous as an invalid food, so those of you looking forward 
to a winter of recuperation from the hard summer work of gardening 
may wish to consider adding it to your diet of restoratives.

Jim McKenney also mentioned tulips as foodstuffs, but this surprised 
me. The only mentions I've seen to eating tulip bulbs refer to the 
Dutch famine during WWII under the Nazi occupation. Do you have a 
reference to historical eating of tulip bulbs, Jim?

The culinary flower bulb par excellence (aside from allium) is the 
crocus. IIRC, Brian Mathew mentions seeing long strings of crocus 
corms sold in Syria or Turkey, braided like garlic.

Myself, I'm looking for real honest-to-God mastic from the island of 
Cos. I can get mastic flavored chewing gum, but the retrogrouch in me 
wants the 100% Real Thing. This is an off-topic paragraph.

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate

on beautiful Vancouver Island

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