Saffron Milk Cap Mushroom Season – That’s November In Fethiye

These days, even at the local markets around Turkey, it's possible to eat some fruits and vegetables year-round without having to worry about them going out of season. Yes, some months will be more bountiful than others - and prices will fluctuate occasionally - but those foods are the staples of … [Read more...]

Yeşil Üzümlü Mushroom Festival 2015 – It Was All About The Music

How many years have we been doing an annual troop up to the Yeşil Üzümlü Mushroom Festival? A good few, now. Well, it's the event that heralds spring for us, really. It's changed a lot over those years - the event is slightly different each time, and, let's face it, we all change and get older. A … [Read more...]

Celebrating Saffron Milk Cap Mushrooms – A Recipe For Sucuklu Çintar Mantarı

We talk about seasonal foods in Turkey rather a lot on this blog and, while some seasonal foods tend to appear on Fethiye market on a more year-round basis - they're just in their prime at certain times of the year - there are some foods that are truly seasonal; here one minute, gone the … [Read more...]

Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe – Perfect For The Barbecue

We love this time of year, here in Fethiye; we're enjoying barbecue season - and, of course, we expect to be doing so for a good while yet. Wherever you may be reading this post, we hope you've got barbecue weather, too, because this recipe is perfect for your outdoor grill. If the weather's not … [Read more...]

Üzümlü Mushroom Festival: The Opening Ceremony

Over the last weekend, the village of Üzümlü once again hosted the exodus of visitors from Fethiye and environs who were going to enjoy the 4th Yeşil Üzümlü Mushroom Festival. In past years, we've headed up there with friends on the final day, the Sunday, and got fully and enthusiastically behind … [Read more...]

Turkish Recipes: Çintar Mushrooms On Toast

While it sometimes gives us a bit of a shock reminder that another year has passed, the cycle of nature also has a certain reassuring quality, especially when it comes to seasonal food in Turkey. Bar freaks of weather, our favourite seasonal produce appears and disappears from the local markets … [Read more...]

Turkish Recipes: Crispy-Fried Morel Mushrooms

Have you ever tried a really expensive and rare food and then wondered what all the fuss was about? Can a food really be that good? After this year's Üzümlü Mushroom Festival, we were really curious about the morel mushroom; so expensive in the UK but an affordable seasonal food in Turkey - as a … [Read more...]

Seasonal Food in Turkey: Morel Mushrooms (Kuzu Göbeği)

In Turkey, the morel mushroom is known as Kuzu Göbeği; Lamb's Stomach mushroom - and we're surmising this is because of the appearance of the mushroom. The texture and patterns on the cap resemble tripe (cow's stomach lining) and maybe the stomach lining of a lamb is similar. Despite the presence … [Read more...]

Turkish Recipes – Çintar Mushroom & Spinach Börek

This post is a continuation of the celebration of the lactarius deliciosus...the saffron milk cap mushroom...the çintar. We're no experts in the weird world of mushroom identification but we're now suitably convinced that the meaty, tasty çintar mushroom is indeed the Latin phrase … [Read more...]

Çintar Mushroom Risotto Recipe

It's that time of year again; the days are shorter and cooler, there's a dampness to the cold night air...and the beautiful çintar mushrooms sprout beneath the pine trees of Fethiye. As you are no doubt aware by now, we enjoy our Turkish seasonal produce and the çintar mushroom season is one we … [Read more...]