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Looking for salep (sahlep, salepi, wild orchid powder)


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Looking for salep (sahlep, salepi, wild orchid powder)

dionysaki | Nov 1, 2009 07:02 PM

Hey everyone,

I have been on a wild goose chase for a traditional Turkish/Greek ingredient, salep (also spelled salepi, sahlep, sahlepi, salop). It is a powder made from wild orchid root, and is used most notably in the Greek kaimaki ice cream (see:, and the Turkish chewy ice cream, dondurma (see: Since I doubt that I have any chance to find kaimaki ice cream in the US, I am determined to make my own, but need salep. While I can use cornstarch as a substitute, but I'd really like to do this right.

If anyone knows of a Turkish or Greek grocer that stocks this ingredient, I'd forever be indebted! Kaimaki ice cream is one of my fondest childhood memories. Thanks so much!


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