|Tower of edible bird nests|
Photo Credit: Nisa
These edible nests are composed of strands of hardened saliva. Male swiflets build their nests with strands of their gummy saliva, which harden when exposed to air. They are built during their breeding season over 35 days.
|Edible nest swiftlet resting in nest|
Photo credit (with permission): John Oates
|Photo Credit: Marcel Holyoak|
Photo Credit: Glenn Hurowitz
These edible nests are built very high on the walls of coastal caves. It is dangerous to harvest them, and sometimes deadly, since to harvest them means to climb incredible vertical heights in the dark to pry them off the wall.
|Limestone cave where edible birds nests are harvested|
Photo Credit: Percita Dittmar
Bird's nest soup is a delicacy that used to be eaten by members of the imperial court. It is supposed to be wonderful for the immune system and one's complexion. To make the soup, the bird's nest is soaked over night, and the gelatinous strands are added to a sweet soup with ginseng and Chinese dates.
|Bird's Nest Soup|
Photo Credit: Alaina Browne
Bird's nest are mostly eaten in China, but are imported from countries in south east Asia like Indonesia and Malaysia.
|Sorting swiftlet nests in Vietnam - the harvest occurs twice a year|
Photo Credit: Deshal de Mel
|Boxes of edible birds nests for sale. Note the price of $888.99|
Photo Credit: Maisnam
|Nesting house in Thailand|
Photo Credit: Alexander Heitkamp
Would you taste an edible nest? If not, what would be the deterrent?