Seasonal Food in Turkey – Hamsi Season Again

Last winter, I wrote about hamsi (anchovies) being for sale on Fethiye fish market. We love hamsi season and it's once more upon us - which means we've come full circle on the seasonal food front, meaning Turkey's For Life is nearly 1 year old. Wow! How did that happen so soon? Anyway, hamsi is … [Read more...]

Seasonal Food in Turkey – Did You Know There Are Two Types of Pomegranate?

I know I've already mentioned pomegranates (nar) in an earlier post but we've learnt something today that I thought I might as well share. Anything to make us appear knowledgeable. We've spent the morning and early afternoon in Kayaköy having a chilled Sunday with friends and thoroughly enjoying … [Read more...]

Seasonal Food in Turkey – Nar (Pomegranates)

Mmm, I'm just trying to decide which season I look forward to the most. Is it late Spring / early Summer when all the huge, black Nif cherries are out? Or is it Autumn? Autumn is the time for these beauties. Pomegranates (Nar) are one of my favourite fruits, along with cherries. However, … [Read more...]

Seasonal Food in Turkey – Confusion With Runner Beans

Well, seeing as we did yesterday's blog post all about supporting your local markets in Turkey, we thought we'd better practise what we preach and go to the Tuesday market in Fethiye this afternoon to stock up on our veggies. Apart from the staples, we were on the look out for some seasonal … [Read more...]

Fethiye’s Changing Seasons – Late Summer / Early Autumn Fruits

We watched an episode of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (British TV chef / smallholder / campaigner) a few nights ago. The name of the series has completely disappeared from my memory but it's something to do with the seasons and the season we're watching is Autumn. He was all excited, talking about … [Read more...]

Seasonal Food in Turkey – Titchy Cucumbers

We were walking around the fruit and vegetables of the Tuesday market in Fethiye this week and these little cucumbers caught my eye. Fortunately, they were displayed next to your average cucumber so you can get an idea of the size. Sometimes, these small cucumbers are labelled as 'turşuluk' which … [Read more...]

Seasonal Food in Turkey – Şeftali and Nektarin

Well don't all these lovely, vibrant colours just shout out summer to you? Peaches (şeftali) galore on Fethiye and Çalış markets at the moment. We don't eat a lot of fruit but the seasonal fruits that I do really look forward to are cherries - still available - peaches and nectarines and, later on … [Read more...]

Seasonal Food in Turkey – Domates – Ugly Fruit

Before we'd ever been to Turkey, neither of us could really see the point of fresh tomatoes. They were the occasional sandwich filler and nothing else. Watery, hard, tasteless, orange things. (We know some people can get hold of good tomatoes in Britain but in our neck of the woods, there's no such … [Read more...]

Seasonal Food in Turkey – Barbunya

It's that fantastic time of year again where barbunya starts to appear on Fethiye markets and it will be around for a few months to come; certainly until late September. The first time we came to Turkey on holiday, we saw these curious, colourful pods on the market and wondered what on earth they … [Read more...]

Seasonal Food in Turkey – Summer Fruits

Writing about the seasonal fruit and vegetables on Fethiye and Çalış markets is getting more difficult as we come into early summer because there's just so much to see, photograph, buy and of course, eat. Cherries (kiraz) have been out for a few weeks but they are at their best right now. We … [Read more...]