Turkish Seasonal Food: Nectarines

Have blog, will post! This feels quite strange as we’re used to sitting on the sofa in the comfort of our own home, creating blog posts. You may have noticed we’ve been quiet for the last couple of days and that’s because Turk Telecom are ‘doing works’ which have involved our neighbourhood being minus an internet connection. Not good for a pair of internet freaks like us – but at least we’ve got some cleaning done!

So, today’s post is coming to you courtesy of the free internet connection provided by Cafe Geniş on Fethiye harbour – this is the second place we’ve tried after walking not quite far enough from our house, getting settled at a table with a Diet Coke…and of course, they had no internet connection either! Now, here we are, hot and bothered having braved the masses at Fethiye market, and needless to say, the Diet Coke is now an Efes Pilsen!

There’s a certain irony to that, seeing as we’ve come out to do a post about a really healthy (and fantastic) snack that we’ve been introduced to in Turkey.

Turkish Fruit, Yoghurt & Honey

Miracle breakfast of fruit, yoghurt and honey

Since moving to Fethiye, Turkish süzme yoghurt and honey have become staples in our house. Many of our Turkish friends have told us to eat yoghurt and honey together, but it’s never really appealed to us – until a few weeks ago. Natural yoghurt is magical when settling an upset stomach and tackling nausea, even when that nausea is self-inflicted.

So, whilst in the throes of a typical summertime hangover a few weeks ago, I decided a bit of fruit was a necessary accompaniment to my usual medicinal yoghurt in the interests of returning my body to a more natural state. I cut a nectarine into bite-sized chunks (just to make it more palatable – I was ill, remember), arranged it on a plate, slapped a large dollop of yoghurt on top and then, in for a penny in for a pound, I decided to stick the teaspoon in the honey jar and I drizzled the honey over the yoghurt and fruit.

Bliss! This has now become my favourite breakfast and I’m dreading nectarines going out of season. Of course, it works with other fruits. You could even do a mixed fruit salad but I just love nectarines. It’s my newly discovered hangover cure and my post-jog breakfast. All round healthy eating. Now, back to that Efes…

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Comments

  1. How have you lived there so long without combining They are such a great combo aren’t they, and not just for eating:

    When I had my first holiday in Fethiye I was caught out by the intensity of the early Spring Sun on my peelly wally Scottish skin and got really badly burnt (despite having on a cardigan). The hotel staff were most bemused (and some horrified) when I came back from the walk to Kaş and back and went to the kitchens to ask for honey and yoghurt for my burnt skin.

    Quite a wee crowd gathered as I slathered on the mixture and they all thought I was off my head, but the next day my previously raw scarlet flesh was immensely calmed and no peeling. WHen one of them had a a bad reaction to the alcohol in a face splashy thing (what’s it called, the stuff you get offered in people’s houses, like aftershave). Anyway I pretty much insisted he put on the yog/honey mix and he said he could hardly believe how cooling and pain reliving it was, so they were converted to my home remedy after that. Try it next time any friends visit and get a nasty burn.

  2. @ Cally: I know. We take a while to get around to these things! 🙂

    We use yoghurt for allsorts of burn problems,skin reactions and tummy problems but I’ve recently read about the wonders of honey, too. Amazing isn’t it that we have all this lovely natural stuff in our cupboards and fridges and yet we’re all so happy to skip off to the chemist for tablets and medicine.

  3. Yummy! I never thought about yogurt and honey either until I found one here at our local Walmart in Texas: Greek Yogurt with honey at the bottom. So good! By the way, my favorite fruits to combine it with are either blackberries or peaches 🙂

    But as a hangover cure? Never tried that. I always thought of fatty and greasy as THE hangover food. Might have to try your approach next time!

  4. @ Sabrina: Yes, we’re big fans of the good old English breakfast as a hangover cure but the healthy yoghurt/fruit option (despite not being very appealing at the time!) seems to have better long term results. At least that’s what I tell myself! 🙂

  5. Not having internet is always a challenge – and a blessing! What a lovely treat – how can honey be a bad thing?

  6. Yogurt is medicine in Turkey…the cure for all ills, and Western medicine is finally catching up to all that! Julia, your food photos are positively pornographic! 🙂 I could see the ‘sweat’ off the nectarines.

  7. Oh my gosh…that looks so luscious!! Any chance it’ll still be in season in October??!!! that looks right up my alley!!!

  8. @ Belinda: More of a challenge, we think. 🙂

    @ Anonymous: Ha ha, thanks. And yes, it’s nice that western medicine is finally embracing a few more natural remedies.

    @ Jen: And really simple, too. Not sure how much longer the nectarines will be about though…

  9. Hi Julia! your photo is amazing! Yes, yogurt is a staple in our fridge too although not necessarily süzme.
    Nectarines are delicious, you’re right.Here in Provence, all the fruit and veg is similar to what we are used to – but then there is the delicious rosé which is such a treat!

  10. Yogurt and nectarines (or peaches) is our favorite breakfast, too. Since being in Turkey, we have eaten it just about every day. Fresh fruit and good yogurt is not something we see in Canada, so it’s a real treat. Haven’t thought of adding honey. I usually get my dose of the sweet stuff in the baklava.

  11. @ Claudia: Mmmm, yes, I bet that delicious rose is a real treat! I love a good rose. 😉

    @ Mark: I never fancied the honey because I’ve not got a sweet tooth but it works. I’m slowly getting used to baklava. It’s taken a while! 🙂

  12. I’m salivating just looking at the picture.

  13. Your nectarines look fab! I just bought 1.5 kilos at the Arnavutköy sali pazar, and plan to poach them in a “melissa” simple syrup so they will last a bit longer in the fridge. =)

  14. @ Laurel: Try it, it’s good. 🙂

    @ Joy: Afiyet olsun. Don’t think we’re going to get too much longer out of the nectarines here. 🙁

  15. what I like about this blog is that you have many of the same fruits and vegetables that we do but often prepare them differently. The nectarine/yogurt combination looks wonderful.

  16. @ Sarah: And the same goes for us, too. 🙂 How would you prepare your nectarines? Always looking for interesting things to do with fruit just to make me eat it more often!

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