A traditional Turkish beverage: Salep

Tamer C. E. , Karaman B. , Copur Ö. U.

FOOD REVIEWS INTERNATIONAL, vol.22, no.1, pp.43-50, 2006 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 22 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/87559120500379902
  • Page Numbers: pp.43-50
  • Keywords: salep, Orchidaceae, traditional Turkish beverage, KONJAC-MANNAN, GLUCOMANNAN, DISEASE, FIBER


Salep 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. For this reason, exportation of salep was prohibited by the Turkish Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.