While out walking a couple of weeks ago I spied these orchids on a banking next to a road side.
They had a very faint vanilla type fragrance and were lovely. They were just growing in one small square in a shady spot under some trees. I didn't know what type of orchid they were so set about trying to identify them with my field guide and on the web.
They are a wild orchid called Pyramidal Orchid, the name coming from the shape of the flower head.
It was very interesting to discover that their tubers (two small attached bulbs) along with the tubers from different species of wild orchid have been ground into flour in the past to make a hot beverage ( and still are in Turkey). The name of the flour is salep (sahlep) and also the name of the beverage. Sahlep means fox and is similar to the arabic word which means "foxes testicles". So I presume that the tubers look like them.
It was even adopted under the name of Saloop in England and was very popular in the 17th and 18th centuries. It and also a drink made from sassafras was sold from barrows on the streets of London.
In Turkey Salep flour is also used to make a type of ice-cream which is "stretchy" and can even be stretched into a skipping rope. Unfortunately due to the popularity of salep, wild orchids are becoming very rare in Turkey, but it is possible to find ready-made preparations containing other ingredients. Salep is still thought to be nourishing, soothing, warming and aphrodisiac by it's users. True salep is becoming more and more expensive.
Since taking this photo the banking full of wild orchids has been cut. I hope to see them again next year.
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