Bird's nest soup/ what bird?
Posted 03 May 2000 - 07:46 AM
: The bird is a swallow, and the nest is made from its
: saliva. Do you really want to eat a soup made from spit?
Noooo. My 10 year old child had a general knowledge test and this was one of the questions.
Posted 30 August 2000 - 02:10 PM
Not swallow! but swiftlet.
Swiftlet with a scientific name of Collocalia Fuciphaga, build its nest wholly of its saliva, which upon drying forms a hard cement secures on the cave wall, swiftlets’ natural habitat. The harvesting of swiftlet nest is a harzadous occupation. The rising demand and price have resulted in a decline in swiftlet population towards extinct in natural environment. It is mainly due to over harvesting where eggs and chicks also might be victim when the nests are harvested.
Swiftlet nests have long been believed to have both aphrodisiac and medicinal properties. Swiftlet nest material traditionally has been eaten for recuperative purposes after consumptive diseases such as tuberculosis, or for treating debility. Swiftlet nests are believed to reinforce body fluids, nourish blood and moisten the respiratory tract and skin; they are believed to replenish the vital energy of life, build up health and aid metabolism, digestion and absorption of nutrients... There are also claims that the bird’s nest can prolong life and ageing... There is a paucity of scientific research on the medicinal properties of bird’s nest, and whether there is in reality any medicinal value is still open to question.
To my points of views: No product can last for 2000 year if it does not have some functional value. Some scientific method to test the genetic or DNA effect may be needed. What do you think?!
Posted 13 May 2004 - 02:52 AM
Anyway, if you choose to order some, I found that you can go to http://www.bird-nest.com. I can go to local chinese markets being near San Francisco. Good luck.
Posted 18 April 2005 - 09:08 AM
: Really, any old saliva should do....
I bet nobody would want a swallow nest soup. Bird nest soup is actually the saliva "swiftlets" use to make their nest. Btw, swallows made their nest from grasses, twigs etc ... not edible.
This ingredient has been consumed by the Chinese for centuries ... and so far, nothing happen to them. So, it should be ok to consume it. They have claimed for centuries that it's good for relieving cough, phlegm etc. I have tried it once, when I cough non-stop for weeks (and two prescriptions of cough syrup... yukk), when the whole South East Asia was engulf in haze, .... yes, very uncomfortable period. And the result is excellent. I stop coughing within two days!
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