Seasonal Food in Turkey – Bergamot(?) & Christmas Greetings

Turkish Fruit - Bergamot


Anyone seen these before? We went to Cafe Pazar yesterday to arrange a hire car for Monday and to wish our friends a Merry Christmas. As we were sitting and chatting, one of our friends walked in with another man and they were carrying these. Apparently, they are called bergamot.

I’ve done a quick investigation on Google Images and typically, these two lumpy fruits do not resemble any of the photos on there. Maybe these are special Turkish bergamot! They’re from our friend’s mum’s tree in her front garden, so they definitely grow here in Fethiye, and she had just made the jam/jelly that you can see in the middle of the two fruits. It was still warm and really aromatic. A bit like a mild, perfumed marmalade. Pleasant on the taste buds.

Bergamot is also the fruit that is used to make Earl Grey tea and the oil from the fruit is used in the fragrance industry. It’s the rind and the skin that is used as the fruit inside is really sour. Yet more useful / useless pieces of information we have learnt since starting Turkey’s For Life! Thought it was a nice one to leave you with over Christmas.

To all of you who read Turkey’s For Life;
thanks for reading and, if you celebrate it, have a fabulous, merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!

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  1. I thought they were mis-shaped lemons!!

  2. THE OLD GEEZER says

    I added myself to follow your blog. You are more than welcome to visit mine and become a follower if you want to.

    God Bless You 🙂


  3. Kaya Koyu Walker says

    Are you sure they’re Bergamots and not Quinces ? Bergamot fruits look almost exactly like oranges.

  4. Merry Christams to you and everyone else who celebrates!


  5. @Natalie – not much different to what I thought, I’ve got to say! 🙂
    @Ron – thanks for following. Will take a look at your blog, too.
    @Kaya Koyu Walker – According to our Turkish friend’s mum, they’re bergamots. We had the ayva conversation but they’re definitely not – she also has a quince (ayva) tree. The jelly from the bergamot was a completely different flavour. I don’t like quince. I looked at bergamot on Google Images and I’m wondering if these are just very ripe bergamot? (Judging by the lumpiness.)
    @Hatidza – Thank you very much. Lovely to hear from you again! 🙂

  6. Love your site. I’m living vicariously through you!

  7. Merry Xmas to you both and all other followers that celebrate x

  8. They look like giant quinces that have had a rough life 😉

    I hope you had a lovely Christmas! It’s been a pleasure discovering your blog. I look forward to learning more about this region of Turkey! 🙂

  9. A lovely Christmas Day thanks, Corinne. Looking forward to the arrival of 2011 now. 🙂

  10. OMG! At a glance I thought they were giant sculptures of bergamot! 😀 Duh. I have a bergamot bush and they are like these except green like limes with misshapen skin… like these. Never seen them as yellow as these coz they always get used up too quickly… even the leaves. Beautiful fragrance!

  11. Dinners and Dreams says

    I like bergamot in perfumes and love the taste of earl grey tea because of the added bergamot flavor but I’ve never actually seen one. It looks quite impressive in size.

    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!


  12. Merry Christmas!
    I worked at Bath and Body Works once upon a time and I remember one of the scents there being Bergamot…or having Bergamot in it. Smells delicious!

  13. @ Rob: Hope you had a great Christmas, too.

    @ Anonymous: Thank you, 🙂

    @ Ping: Thanks for the confirmation. These still had bits of green on. Maybe they were very ripe?

    @ Nisrine: Very impressive in size. They were very light though. Sounded almost hollow in the middle.

    @ Erin: Merry Christmas to you, too. Bergamot does smell delicious doesn’t it. Really citrus fragrance.

  14. When I read your post I feel the smell of that Turkish Tea brand with natural Bergamot ”Tomurcuk Çayı”

    This tea brand is very old and special for us, how can we forget it’s smell taste and it’s cute box. If you didn’t taste it yet maybe you will like it too. You can easily find it nearly in every market.

    Mutlu yıllar

  15. @ Eastanbul: Thanks for another great, helpful comment. You’ve prompted us to do a post on tomurcuk çayı! Here it is. 🙂
    Çaykur çay

  16. they look like bumby citrons

  17. better known as etrog in Israel, do a search and you’ll see how similar they are

  18. @ Sarah: Oh, they do look similar, don’t they. Never heard of those before. Thanks for that.

  19. Ahh, TUMOR LEMONS! Scary. I love their scent though. Didn’t realize people ate them!

  20. @ KT: Thanks for your comment on this post. Amazing how many names people have come up with for these interesting looking fruits. Yep, definitely eaten and drunk! 🙂

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