Lately I’ve been reading a lot of posts about edible orchids. Since the birth of civilization, the search for edible things has brought us the weirdest culinary delights, such as snails and insects. That is why it’s no surprise that even orchids found their way onto the tables and into the mouths of people around the world.
The common question I found about eating orchids is what can be eaten and how. The answer is basically easy. Everything! If you are not picky, actually every part of the orchid that can be chewed and swallowed can be eaten. But the most favorite part of the plant that people eat is the flower.
Aside from vanilla being the most recognized orchid that can be eaten, orchid flowers have been a part of the diet of people long before any of them found their way to cakes and cocktail drinks.
Clear examples to this culinary adventure are the people of Hawaii who have been said to have eaten orchids since the 1960’s. They eat them as salads and as candies. Singaporeans also use orchid flowers as a part of a stir-fried dish mixed with vegetables and meat.
In Turkey and the Middle East, they use orchid bulbs as flavoring in ice cream. People of South Africa use orchid tubers to flavor meat sauces. As a matter of fact because of this demand, the existence of the African orchids is now being threatened.
The taste is described to be ranging from bitter to sweet depending on the kind of orchid. Basically since no orchid is poisonous, all orchids are edible. They are also rich in fiber that is good for digestion and Vitamin C to boost the immune system.
Of course, this might not be for everyone’s taste buds. Some may think it’s a waste to eat these delicate flowers. Do not worry. There are certain farms that grow these plants especially for cooking. To those willing to try orchids as food, it is surely a new way of seeing (in this case tasting) these wonderful beauties of nature.
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To grow your next orchid meal, follow these Orchid Care Instructions.