The fruit that grows in Turkey is distributed and sold to many countries in Europe and Russia. However, fruits that can be tasted and harvested in a place are much tastier. Thanks to its favorable geographic location, warm climate and fertile lands, Turkey is famous for its abundance of fruits and vegetables, their excellent taste and quality. 75 kinds of fruit grow in this country. While in Turkey, try different fruits and vegetables to discover new flavors.
This will increase immunity, which is especially important during infections, and they are particularly healthy and beneficial for children. Leading a healthy lifestyle and being on a diet is good for your body and mind.
Some fruits only appear in shops and markets during ripening, but most are available all year round. In Turkey, it is forbidden to treat fields with chemicals. And without that, the harvest is mad2 times a year.
Fresh juice stalls are in the streets and bazaars, where you can buy squeezed juice is made of orange, pomegranate, grapefruit, lemon etc. In the tourist resort of Alanya, so-called kiosks with fresh juices and carbonated drinks, or fresh juice carts, are in many places, especially close to the port. In Istanbul, once a week, when bazaar day is held, and the prices are much lower than in the shops.
All fruits of Turkey can be divided into:
Below you can see what fruits grow in Turkey: their description and photos.
The most interesting crops grown in Turkey:
Citrus fruits are familiar to oranges, lemons, tangerines, grapes. There are many varieties of these fruits. They are harvested almost all year long because the ripeness of each species comes at a different time.
Fruit trees adorn the streets and grow near hotels. In autumn or winter, trees with bright fruits are admired by tourists. However, these are most often oranges - fruit mistaken with tangerines.
The most delicious - Washington oranges are grown near the Kemer resort. Bodrum tangerines are considered the best.
Grapefruit main feature is to remove excess water, toxins and carcinogens from your body. They are actively used for weight loss. They contain large amounts of vitamin C. The main varieties in Turkey: Marsh, Henderson, Star Ruby, Rio Red.
Turkish lemons are sour than others. Their main property is to increase immunity.
The fruits we are familiar with are also growing in Turkey:
Melon and watermelons start early in Turkey. They are early ripening varieties, but they are tasteless and expensive. It is not recommended to buy melons and gourds before July.
Ripe melons are soft and tender. The most delicious, according to tourists, Kirkagac melon. The unusual appearance of the fruit with grey spots and pear-shaped immediately attracts attention.
Turkish watermelons are large in size. Some specimens reach 40 kg.
Turkey's warm climate and fertile soil are conducive to the growth of many different fruits. Some of them:
Some fruits that cannot be stored for a long time (cherries, apricots, mulberries, etc.) can only be tasted during ripening and collection.
Pomegranates, quince, strawberries and citrus fruits are sold throughout the winter season. The cheapest bananas are in December. In addition to the fruits mentioned, in January you can buy avocados and some varieties of grapes. In February, the harvest of most varieties of oranges is completed. Quince is tart and aromatic in winter, in contrast to the warmer autumn months when it is softer and sweeter.
Lemons are harvested in March. In April, medlar ripens, strawberries grown in the open field appear. They will be there until the end of May. Greenhouse berries are getting cheaper. May marks the beginning of the collection of melons and apricots. However, they are still tasteless and hard. Some varieties of sweet cherry appear.
June has the most fruits. Apricots, nectarines, plums, figs ripen. The collection of medlar, sweet cherry and melons continue. You can also buy the latest strawberries grown in the garden, and cherries. The best melons are sold in July.
It is better to buy watermelons in August. At this time, they are the tastiest, sweetest and most juicy. Then the first peaches appear, but they are still hard. In August, pears, apples and grapes ripen.
September is the end of the watermelon season. Peaches, figs and grapes gain sweetness and become soft and juicy. In October, you can buy persimmons, pomegranates and quince cheaper than the rest of the time. Citrus fruits are harvested in large quantities. Bananas, oranges and tangerines are sold cheap in November.
Fruit ripening table by month:
|Name of fruit||Ripening and selling months|
|Quince||October - November, January - March|
|Bananas||November - February|
|Pears||August - October|
|Greenhouse strawberry||August - March|
|Oranges||October - April|
|Watermelon||August - September|
|Grapefruit||January - May|
|Melons||June - September|
|Nectarines||June - September|
|Persimmon||October - November|
|Apples||July - October|
|Ground strawberry||April - June|
|Cherry||June - July|
|Plums||June - September|
|Grenades||September - February|
|Peach||July - September|
|Tangerines||October - March|
|Mulberry||May - July|
|Grapes||August - November|
|Medlar||April - June|
|Fig||June - September|
|Sweet cherry||May - June|
|Ziziphus||September - October|
|Lemons||October - March|
Vegetables in Turkey make up the bulk of food. You can try zeytinyagli(olive oiled) - stewed green beans with onions and tomatoes, imam bayildi - stuffed eggplant, kisir - bulgur with tomatoes, herbs and lemon juice, meze - an artichoke appetizer with celery.
The warm climate favours the growth of tomatoes, cucumbers, cabbage, onions, peppers, zucchini and eggplants. Many products are the same as in Europe or Russia. However, some of them, although similar in appearance, differ from them in taste.
An example is the long Turkish cucumber called "hita". Belongs to the pumpkin family and is a type of melon.
In addition to the vegetables we are familiar with, thorny zucchini (see photo), okra, artichoke, taro, Momordica, are grown in Turkey. Unusual fruits are not only delicious but also have great health benefits:
In addition to the above, there are many other vegetables in Turkey: beets, asparagus, carrots, broccoli, radishes, celery, etc. Green beans are very popular. It is used to make side dishes and stews. Lentils and chickpeas are often used to prepare traditional dishes.
It is believed that the best place to buy fruits and vegetables is the bazaar, as there you can bargain and taste the offered fruits. Their selection is wider than in stores. In addition, there is no need to fear the environmental friendliness of products.
However, the Turkish market differs only slightly from the supermarket. The same products are supplied everywhere. Sometimes the prices in stores are even lower. In some places, the fruits are treated with special compounds for longer storage.
Tourists who have visited Turkey distinguish the following fruits:
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