We love this time of year in Fethiye. Summer is a time for enjoying days and evenings with friends and family who fly over from the UK; day trips, pool days, bars, eating out. A lot of the time, it whirls by in a haze...and then all of a sudden, it's gone. We wave off the last of our visitors, the weather breaks and there's no more rushing about to be done.
This is the time of year where we think about trekking to Kayaköy, and other places, in pleasant temperatures. It's the time of year where we stroll along an almost deserted Çalış Beach in the early afternoon - sometimes we'll stroll straight back home, and other times, we'll stop for a drink to enjoy the autumn Çalış sunset. It doesn't matter, the time is ours to do with as we will. This is also the time of year when we see the appearance of our favourite seasonal foods in Turkey. One of those is the pomegranate (nar).
October - A pomegranate ripens on a tree in ÇalışThroughout our busy summer, pomegranate trees have been quietly blooming, miraculously producing their fruits from the fiery orange blossom (see this post about pomegranate trees in Kayaköy). Now, we're at the end of October and when we go to Fethiye market on Tuesday, fruit stalls will be packed with huge, juicy pomegranates - and this year, we'll know exactly which ones we're looking for.
Many of the stalls will have one or two of their pomegranates torn open just so the customers can see the fruit inside. After learning a couple of years ago that there are in fact two types of pomegranate, sweet and sour, we'll be hunting out the garnet-coloured fruits of the ekşili (sour) pomegranate.
And, we did say that at this time of year, the pomegranate is one of our favourite seasonal foods in Turkey. The other is of the live variety. If you're in Istanbul at the moment, please go along to the Karaköy fish market and eat lots of deep-fried hamsi for us. We're not going to make it up there this year and we're trying our best not to think about it!
Do you have a favourite seasonal food, either in Turkey or elsewhere?