Nests of Gold
Who knew that the secret to longevity was to eat birds nests? Both young and old men in the Philippines risk their lives every day climbing rocks in dark caves to get these nests. They are edible and delicate, rich in nutrients such as protein. The birds build these nests out of solidified spit.
Nest traders pay the harvesters $6 per nest. One single nest can be sold for up to $36 and a bowl of nest soup can cost around $85 in a Michelin star restaurant.
According to those who enjoy this treat, eating nests can rejuvenate and heal the body.
One chef confesses that the nest in itself is tasteless and poses quite a challenge when cooking. He states that it’s the chef’s responsibility to take an item that has no taste and transform it into something delicious and healthy.
Nowadays eating birds nests is not as common as it was many years ago because few people are willing to disrupt nature and risk their lives to get the nests. Back then it was a spread reserved only for the ruling class, not for commoners. Watch this interesting short documentary now.