Monday, November 20, 2006

Holiday Turkey
Never Smelled So Good:
4 Food Scented Orchids

Here is a list of orchids that smell like sweet holiday food. These orchids also generally bloom around the holidays.

1. Oncidium “Sherry Baby Sweet Fragrance:”

Oncidium Sherry Baby Image from

This orchid smells exactly like a chocolate Sunday.

2. Cattleya hybrid Potinara Burana Beauty Burana:

This is a fun striped orchid that smells like a floral centerpiece.

3. Oncidium Ornithorhynchum

Smells sort of like candy, or bubble gum. This plant blooms with tons of pink flower. Here is a picture of the one I have blooming right now.

4. Cattleya Percivaliana

Smells like bread dough, with a lot of yeast. It is an odd smell, but does remind one of food. This orchid is often called the Christmas orchid, because it generally blooms in November or December. Here is a picture of the one I have that’s blooming right now.


bluegrrrrl said...

Who knew there were so many smells associated with orchids? the chocolate sundae one is intriguing...

All these pictures are bringing back wonderful memories of my neighbor Ruth when I was growing up, kind of a grandma to me & the sibs. She had a small greenhouse where she grew the most beautiful orchids I have ever seen in my life. I remember it always smelled like wet dirt and sweat in there. If it had smelled like chocolate sundaes, I would have never left!

Jonah Winn-Lenetsky said...

What a nice memory.Actually, growing orchids for scent has been a very recent thing. I guess a lot more sweat goes into my orchids than chocolate.

Jonah Winn-Lenetsky said...

Now I need to go teach class...

M. Shahin said...

Wow! Thanks for this informative post. Was quite intrigued that orchids could smell like food. Just learned something new.

Jonah Winn-Lenetsky said...

Yes and these are only a small number of them, there are lots that smell like all sorts of different things.