Bird’s nest soup has been known to be a delicacy in Chinese cooking. The Chinese name for this soup, yàn wō, interprets virtually as “swallow’s nest”. This soup has been consumed in China for over a thousand years. Based on Chinese University of Hongkong’s biochemist Yun-Cheung Kong’s studies, swift nests were one of the few trading commodities in China throughout the T’ang phratry (618-907 A.D.).
In historical records, Admiral Cheng He introduced foreign nests to the imperial court of the Ming dynasty of the somewhere between the years 1368 and 1644. It is then believed that supplies of the nest have mostly depleted making imports a high demand. Edible bird’s nests are also the most expensive known herbal remedy that humans consume. Additionally, the properties in edible bird’s nest is also employed in ancient Chinese drugs and Vietnamese drugs.
The emergence of edible bird’s nest businesses worldwide
In recent years, China and most of Taiwan are one of the biggest importers of edible bird’s nest. In Hongkong, the cost of bird’s nest soup would range between USD $30 to $100. Meanwhile, one kilogram of raw bird’s nest would cost not less than USD$ 2000. The rarer the bird’s nest, the more expensive it is as well.
Raw bird’s nests were first harvested from caves. However, due to the dangerous nature that comes with harvesting the nests from caves, swiftlet bird houses are then made locally for farmers to culture, harvest, and sell edible bird’s nest. Swiflet bird houses can now be found in urban areas, making it easy to harvest and supply to consumers and distributors. Large companies are also investing on bird’s nest businesses and are also outsourcing their cultured products to be sold to the public as well.
With the emergence and high demand of edible bird’s nest, it is no surprise that it comes with a hefty price tag.
Not only that, edible bird’s nest is famous for its medicinal and youth reviving properties. Several folks who are practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) believe in the healing power of edible bird’s nest slowly spotlighting it as an alternative remedy for non-traditional folks as well.
Although science has not proven it yet, it is believed that the elements found in the bird’s saliva that forms the net-like material is what makes it nutritious. People of all gender and age can consume bird’s nest therefore making it a universal folk remedy.
Consuming edible bird’s nest is known for its multitude of health benefits such as boosting immunity, restoring youth, improving digestion, and helping pregnant women develop a healthy baby.
How to determine a genuine edible bird’s nest
If you are not knowledgeable about bird’s nest and its properties, it is hard to tell whether the product is real or not as plenty of merchants claim that their products are authentic. They can easily scam you through convincing sales talk and sell at ridiculously high prices. However, recent numerous reports have been made in countries that sell bird’s nest are fake. Advanced technology and more stringent protocols have been put up in harvesting and producing edible bird’s nest to avoid authenticity issues.
Though it is important to research ahead before buying raw bird’s nest, there are some general things to know about choosing quality and authentic bird’s nest. This includes:
- Authentic ones come in boat-shaped, triangle, striped, or cake form
- The color of real bird’s nest should be ivory white (as too white can indicate bleaching)
- The cleanliness of real bird’s nest when buying from merchants should be premium, feather prime, grass nest
- The different grade indicates the amount of bird’s saliva is on the nest and that it is edible
- Authentic bird’s nest usually originate from countries such as Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Malaysia
- Flavor and smell
- Real bird’s nest should also have a slightly ‘fishy’ taste while giving off an odor similar to egg-whites
How to find a bird’s nest farm with good and sustainable Swiflet houses?
The quality of a bird’s nest depends on how well a facility cultivates and harvests their Swiflet houses. It also depends on the immediate environment surrounding the Swiftlet bird houses.
All our Swiflet bird houses are strategically located at least 20 kilometers away from main cities. Through this, our bird’s nests are produced free of haze and pollution, harmful pesticides, and chemicals. You can find our bird’s nest in:
- Kean Svay
As shown, you can find our bird houses are in mostly rural areas where they do not get exposed to harmful and toxic waste and chemicals. Our bird houses show the process of when the bird’s nests are formed and laid eggs into until the eggs become hatchlings and grow to form their own nest. The process then repeats itself. Through this process, the nests left behind by hatchlings are harvested, cultivated, and produced before distributing them to suppliers and consumers.
Though there are plenty of merchants who sell bird’s nest, here at Cai Shen, we guarantee that our edible bird’s nest comes with a record of undergoing a thorough system, ensuring you top of its kind quality. Cai Shen has also imported edible bird’s nest to China, being one of the most stringent importers of bird’s nest, for many years.
Whether it is your first time buying or not, we highly recommend our bird’s nest product. We not only guarantee premium quality product, we also have resources available for you to learn about bird’s nest.
That said, get yourself some bird’s nest and live a long and healthy life!