STREET SELLER: Salepçi (seller of the salep beverage). Salep is a flour made from the tubers of the orchid genus Orchis. These tubers contain a nutritious, starchy polysaccharide called glucomannan. Salep flour is consumed in
ŞERBETÇÍ (sherbet seller). Istanbul (?), late 19th century. ‘Şerbet’ is a popular West and South Asian drink that is prepared from fruits or flower petals. It is sweet and served chilled. It can be served in concentrate form and eaten with a spoon or diluted with water to create the drink.