Different kinds of bird nests

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Different kinds of bird nests - edible bird nests are the saliva nests built by esculent swiftlets which are native in Thailand, Indonesian, Malaysia and south of China. Based on the atmosphere where the bird's nests are created, they may be classified into cave nest and house nest.

Bird's nest, that is offered on the market, is classed into different grades based on their shapes. Premium whole whitened bird's nest, whole "bloody" bird's nest, whole bird's nest and bird's nest strips are first-grade. Bird's nest shreds, bird's nest in compact cake or ball forms and bird's nest fragments get a lower grade.

Although bird's nests have sorted out into different grades, their diet values are almost same. From modern medical perspective, bird's nest is wealthy in proteins and amino acids, which can help in lack of nutrition, gastric ulcer, anemia, heart failure and coarse skin. In the Chinese medical perspective, bird's nests nourish the entire body, improve skin texture, strengthen the spleen and have remedy effect on the stomach. Besides, research highlights that bird's nests help producing the body's hormones that accelerate cell division. Therefore, they encourage cell regrowth and immune response triggered by T-cells.

Most bird's nests are collected in Southeast Asia nations for example Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam which produce top quality bird's nests. Among this, 80% from the production come from Indonesia rich in quality and released worldwide.

 

Different kinds of bird nests by origin

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By origin, different kinds of bird nests can be classified into: Cave Swiftlet, House Swiftlet, Grass Swiftlet and Hair Swiftlet

Cave Swiftlet nest is more dark or yellow in color, containing more hair and harmful particles.it is firmer and crispy feeling when eaten. The cave nest are built in caves as well as on coves. Because of the tough natural climate and atmosphere, the nest is firm, hard and deeply colored. It's not too well-shaped compared to house nest and exhibits greater impurities. The cave nest is crunchy with a low swelling capacity that lengthens the time for it to swell when preparing.

House Swiftlet, on the other hand, is generally brighter, much softer, texture, less hair, softer and has tender feeling when eaten. The Home nest is built-in wooden-roofed swallow farmhouses which are damp and dark. The temperature inside (28°C - 30°C), brightness and relative humidity (90%) are relatively like the conditions based on the bird’s natural cave habitat. The swiftlet leaves the farmhouse to locate food within the wild each morning and returns at night. Because the farmhouse offers the wild birds a much better habitat, house nest contain very less impurities. They're cleaner, come with an intact boat or spoon shape, and also have a high swelling capacity. The whitened nests are smooth, as the yellow and bloody-red-colored nests are crunchier simply because they contain more minerals than whitened nest.

Last but not least, Grass Swiftlet and Hair Swiftlet contain more impurities compared to the nest itself, frequently used to mix along with other things or grinded for other purpose.

 

Different kinds of bird nests by color

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Different kinds of bird nests can also be identified by inspecting the color it presents to us. They are Whitened Nest (also known as "Noble Bird's Nest"), Yellow Nest, Orange Nest and Blood Nest

 

Different kinds of bird nests by shape

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Cup shapes, lumpy, removed, shredded, minced, ball shapes bird's nest. Leftovers from trimming whole nest cups can be made directly into nest strips, nest cake or shredded nest mixture. They all are bird's nest, but because of the fact that they are constructed with nest rims, the looks of these kinds of nests aren't so nice and harder in texture.