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Photo of OSSC President Erin Maxick

December 2018

Greetings and happy holidays to one and all!

What a fabulous year it’s been! Looking back, we enjoyed a range of truly fantastic speakers, including a visit from Mr. Kiyoshige Negi all the way from Japan. We also had our ever popular sarcochilus deflasking/compot meeting, an AOS judging (congrats to Donna Ballard, Linda Connell and Art Mendoza who won awards!) and last but not least a great presentation by our own 2nd VP Donna Ballard. Many heartfelt thanks to 1st VP Carol Beule for always lining up such a wide variety for us. Our summer garden party at Alfred Hockenmaier’s lovely home, a very successful annual fundraising auction, and our gorgeous display created as a team effort by OSSC members for the Huntington Gardens International Show this year were also highlights. In addition to all of this, we welcomed 14 new members into our society this year! Thank you to one and all for a fun, exciting and educational year celebrating orchids together!

This wraps up my term as OSSC President. It’s been an honor to serve and I’m looking forward to continuing my participation as a board member. I’ll continue to run our Facebook page, contribute to the newsletter and maintain outreach with the various growers that support us so beautifully every year.

As no one has stepped in to fill the open role, our chairpersons and executive board of directors will rotate in leading meetings and filling other duties beginning in January. It should be an interesting year and I look forward to seeing each person shine in leadership.

Please come out and join us for our annual holiday party, which takes the place of our December meeting! The gathering is always abundant in good food as well as good cheer! We have so much to be thankful for, and I truly look forward to celebrating with each one of you very soon!

Our line up for next year is looking very exciting so you’ll definitely want to be a part of the action! Thank you in advance for supporting our excellent orchid society!

All the best,

Erin Maxick

erin's fun fact

Have you ever considered eating your orchids? If you’re like me, probably not! According to ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture, “The blooms of all orchids are considered safe for consumption, but some species can irritate the stomach. Cultures in Africa, Asia, and Australia have eaten different parts of the orchid plant for hundreds of years, if not more, and the plant has also been used medicinally in many places.” Check out this fascinating little information list they put together, who knew? Alfred Hockenmaier, Marissa Mitchell, and David Lafond perhaps. Enjoy!

 • Asian cuisine – Soft-cane dendrobium orchids, which are native to many countries in Asia. It’s used in stir-fry, sauce recipes, and boiled tea.

• Orchid tempura – Thais roll dendrobium orchid flowers in egg and flour batter and then deep fry them in cooking oil.

• Orchid salad and orchid candy – In Hawaii, they use orchid flowers as a featured ingredient for fresh salads and coat them in sugar for dessert.

• Wild orchid drink – In Turkey, salep powder, which is made from dried tubers and Orchis, a genus of wild orchids. They mix salep powder with hot milk and other flavorful spices like nutmeg and cinnamon.

• Orchid ice cream – Otherwise known as dondurma, this chewy Turkish ice cream is another sweet concoction made of salep.

**ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture &

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