Yan Wo, Edible Bird's Nest, Dried Swiftlet Nests, Precious Cubilose
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Common Name: Edible Bird's Nest
Chinese Name: Yan Wo 燕窝
Latin Name: Collocalia Esculenta
Other Name: Dried Swiftlet Nests, Precious Cubilose, Collocalia Inexpectata, C. Thunbergi, C. Unicolor, C. Linchi, 燕窝菜、燕蔬菜、燕菜、燕根
Origin: Fujian, Guangdong Province, China
Storage: Keep in cool, dry and no light place
More About This TCM (In English):
Edible bird's nests are bird nests created by edible-nest swiftlets using solidified saliva, which are harvested for human consumption. They are particularly prized in Chinese culture due to their rarity, and supposedly high nutritional value and exquisite flavor. Edible bird's nests are among the most expensive animal products consumed by humans, with nests being sold recently at prices up to about US$3,000 per pound , depending on grading. The type or grading of bird's nest depends on the type of bird as well as the shape and color of the bird's nest. It is usually white in colour, but there also exists a red version, sometimes called ‘blood’ nest. The Chinese believe that it promotes good health, especially for the skin. The nests have been used in Chinese cooking for over 400 years, most often as bird's nest soup.
The most famous use of edible birds nest is bird's nest soup, a delicacy in Chinese cuisine. When dissolved in water, the birds' nests have a gelatinous texture used for soup or sweet soup. It is mostly referred to as 燕窝 [yànwō] unless references are made to the savoury or sweet soup in Chinese cuisine. According to the Qing Dynasty manual of gastronomy, the Suiyuan shidan, bird nest was a delicate ingredient that must not be flavoured or cooked with anything strong tasting or oily. As well, while it is incredibly precious, it must also be served in relatively large quantities otherwise its texture cannot be fully experienced and enjoyed. In addition to their use in soup, edible bird's nests can be used as an ingredient in many other dishes. They can be cooked with rice to produce bird's nest congee or bird's nest boiled rice, or they can be added to egg tarts and other desserts. A bird's nest jelly can be made by placing the bird's nest in a ceramic container with minimal water and sugar (or salt) and double steamed. Ready-to-eat bird's nest jelly is available in jars as a commercial product.
The most heavily harvested nests are from the edible-nest swiftlet or white-nest swiftlet (Aerodramus fuciphagus) and the black-nest swiftlet (Aerodramus maximus). The nests are supposedly rich in nutrients, which are traditionally believed to provide health benefits. Most nests are built during the breeding season by the male swiftlet over a period of 35 days. They take the shape of a shallow cup stuck to the cave wall. The nests are composed of interwoven strands of salivary cement. Both nests have high levels of calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium.
Read More Info. About It (In Chinese 中文介绍):
燕窝，中药名。为雨燕科动物金丝燕Collocalia esculenta Linnaeus的唾液与绒羽等混合凝结所筑成的巢窝。分布于东南亚及太平洋各岛屿上。我国华中及西南一带也有分布。具有养阴润燥，益气补中，化痰止咳之功效。常用于养阴润燥，益气补中，化痰止咳。
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