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It’s Strawberry Season In Fethiye! How Do You Eat Yours?

When is strawberry season in Fethiye? Well, right about now, as it happens. This is also the time of year for the sour foods where erik (unripe plums) start to make an appearance and çağla (unripe almonds) abound on the stalls of the markets around Fethiye – and it’s where trays, piled with plump juicy …

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Alternative Sightseeing In Izmir – Alsancak Street Market

Regular readers of this blog will know we have a bit of a passion (or should that say obsession?) for food markets. Sundays are taken up with a trip to Çalış market, Tuesdays we’re off along the harbour in the opposite direction to Fethiye market and Fridays – our favourite – see us back on …

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Okra Health Benefits – July & August Is Okra Season In Turkey

In July and August in Fethiye, okra is in its prime! We love the Turkish word for okra: Bamya. It’s just got a nice sound to it…but that ‘nice sound’ was all it had until we conquered our okra fear. Despite a plethora of okra health benefits, poor old ladies’ fingers are not well loved by the masses …

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Fethiye Market – A Complete Guide

Tuesday; Fethiye market day and one of our favourite pastimes. How can food shopping ever be a chore when you’ve got a weekly carnival of seemingly endless rows of market stalls? All packed with the current produce of the season intermingled with the regular staples? The colours, the aromas – citrus in winter, the sweet …

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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 of home made, fast flowing red …

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Seasonal Food in Turkey – Hurma of a Different Variety

This is another new and mysterious Turkish seasonal food that has just hit our radar. Anyone ever seen it before? When we went to our friends’ house on Christmas Day to eat aşure, this was handed over to take with us. Neither of us had ever seen it before nor had a clue what it …

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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… 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 goodies and noticed …

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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 thing.) However, …

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It’s Erik Season – Turkey’s Love Of Greengage Plums

Before you begin reading this article all about greengages (‘erik’ in Turkish), let us first tell you that this is an updated article. Well, after a good few years of living in Turkey, our knowledge has improved a tad. This has been with the help of our own reading and research and also as a …

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Seasonal Food in Turkey – Çiriş And Courgette Flowers

Two photos today for the seasonal food that’s on the markets around Fethiye at the moment. Spring is always going to mean an abundance of different fruit and vegetables – and there really is an abundance right now – so we’re trying to keep up with it all. Seasonal Food In Turkey – What is …

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