What is Bird's Nest?
Bird's nest is a type of edible bird's saliva made from the saliva of the swiftlet bird. The saliva is collected from bird's nests built in dark, humid caves, generally found on the sides of steep vertical cliffs or in the crevices of either old or new buildings. These nests are made of interwoven strands of the bird's saliva and are believed to have many health benefits.
Where is Bird's Nest generally used?
Bird's nest is most commonly used in Chinese traditional medicine and cuisine. It is believed to have a number of medicinal properties and is commonly used in soups and medicinal drinks.
Where is Bird's Nest found?
Bird's nest is found in South-East Asian countries such as Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines.
What are the health benefits of Bird's Nest?
- Rich in proteins, minerals, and essential amino acids
- Strengthens the immune system
- High in antioxidants
- Improves digestive health
- Can benefit the skin
- Improves respiratory health
- Boosts energy levels
Interesting Facts about Bird's Nest
- Bird's nest is sometimes referred to as "caviar of the East" or "white gold" due to its high value.
- Nest-building is believed to take up to a month, with the swiftlet bird using its saliva to construct the nest.
- Bird's nest is one of the most expensive animal products in the world, with prices per kilogram reaching up to thousands of dollars.
List of Other Similar Ingredients
- Sea cucumber
- Shark fin
- Deer antler
- Fish maw