A Traditional Turkish Beverage: Sahlep

Sahlep is produced from tubers of orchids that grow naturally in various regions of Turkey. It constitutes the raw material of a traditional Turkish beverage and is used for giving hardness and elasticity to Kahramanmaras-type of ice cream. Salep also is used as a raw material for some drugs. Botanists have reported that continuous and uncontrolled harvesting causes some orchid species to decrease to a critical level.

Sahlep has a particular smell that you won’t forget and it’s taste is something else! Once you drink it you’ll feel that it is a bit thicker than any other beverages. In Turkey we generally present this beautiful beverage to our guests.

If you want to try this exquisite beverage I can recommend you some. Just order and enjoy it!