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Turkish Pickles

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Turkish Pickles

We were fascinated by Istanbul pickle shops, and were wondering...

Saw jars filled with what looked like greenish pinecones that had not opened up - were they edible pinecones?!?

Surprised by how many sweet fruits were pickled, such as whole raspberries, apricots, pears - is this common or a specialty?

We saw lots of pickle jars for sale, but never had or saw pickles in a restaurant. Is this because people mostly eat them at home?

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1. Re: Turkish Pickles

Not sure on the greenish pinecones.

sweet fruits being pickled isn't common and certainly not aten at most Turkish homes.

Some restautants have pickles some dont. Maybe at the restaurants you didint see them if you asked they would have most likely had them on hand.

Pickles taste yummy at Eminonu when having fish bread from the rocking boats. A whole cup with turnip juice only costs 1.5 lira.

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2. Re: Turkish Pickles

Hi 1funmom,

Nice to hear from you, again. Yes, Turkish pickles are a specialty but most people eat them at home. Some kebab restaurants also offer pickles with the food as an appetizer. Pickles are still home made in lots of villages and as you say, just about every fruit or vegetable can be pickled, although some are more common like hot green peppers and cucumbers.

Here is a store that you can safely order Turkish pickles for your home in the States. "www.tulumba.com/storeitems.asp…". I have used Tulumba to send Turkish products to friends in US and they are pretty efficient and reliable.


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3. Re: Turkish Pickles

Be aware that Turkish pickles are done in brine not vinegar and this gives the vegetables a different flavour.As a Brit all our pickles are done in vinegar so it was a shock the first time I tried them :)

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