Seasonal Food in Turkey – Village Eggs From Fethiye Market

This is a strange one that maybe someone out there could help us out with. We’re writing about Turkish village eggs (köy yumurtası) as part of the seasonal food in Turkey section of the blog. Our question is, how can eggs be seasonal? Anyone?

We’re British products of the preachings of TV chefs, Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and like to know where the food we buy comes from. This isn’t easy in Turkey because of language difficulties and a general lack of information, so we just do our best.

One thing we do always try to do is buy the village eggs from the Friday market in Fethiye and Çalış market. They’re seasonal because the price of them goes up and down from week to week; they’re 30 kuruş per egg at the moment but they can go up to 50 kuruş. Sometimes they’re dotted around every stall and other times, they’re like gold dust. Obviously, this is the time when you’re going to need to part with slightly more cash to buy them.

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Fresh village eggs from Fethiye market

At the moment, village eggs are quite easy to get hold of in Fethiye but in the height of winter and the height of summer you’ve got to get to the market early if you want to get hold of your village eggs and there’s also a chance there won’t be any for sale at all. Do hens not like weather extremes? Do they have laying seasons in Turkey?

The other challenge of buying village eggs from Fethiye market is getting them home after you’ve bought them. You don’t get an egg box (see photo). All the eggs are in plastic bags and are usually sold in groups of 10. Your only option is to buy your eggs last of all and do your best to choose the least crowded route out of the market – not the easiest task in the world but we’ve somehow managed to have absolutely no accidents yet.

Why go to all this trouble for Fethiye’s village eggs? Because an egg isn’t just an egg. These eggs are all different colours and shapes and sizes and village eggs, however much you have to pay for them, are the yummiest eggs you will ever eat!

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  1. Ha Ha. Actually it has a simple answer; egg production decreases in winter time because villagers eats chickens in winter season. And easy to feed a chicken on the nature in summer season. ^_*

  2. Thanks of for that Sedat. It all seems very obvious now you’ve said that. We had noticed a few fatter chickens around. Maybe they were being fattened up for the pot?!

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