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TURKISH SPECIALTIES, FOODS AND DRINKS



Turkish Tea

The most preferred drink of the Turks is: tea (çay). Good traditional Turkish tea is strong.


It is served with sugar and water is diluted. Tea is drunk from small glasses (see picture), it is served at breakfast and throughout the day.


Turkish Tea


Turkish Coffee


Turkish coffee is made of pulverized roasted coffee beans. Turkish coffee is served in little porcelain cups and mainly served during midday or following a lunch or dinner.


It is prepared in a small copper pot (cezve). Turkish coffee is served with little sugar (az şekerli), medium sugar (orta şekerli), sweet (çok şekerli) or without sugar (sade).

There are some Turkish sayings on coffee; “ bir fıncan kahve’nin kırk yıl hatırı vardır”, this means that the person who has offered you coffee should be remembered and honoured for 40 years.

Another Turkish saying is, “Gönül ne kahve ister ne kahvehane, gönül sohbet ister kahve bahane”. This saying means: “One neither desires coffee nor a coffeehouse. One desires to talk with others, coffee is merely but an excuse”. 

Very popular in Turkey is the fortune telling by reading your coffee.



Ayran

Ayran is a yoghurt drink

Ayran is one of the most popular drinks in Turkey.

Ayran is a yoghurt drink diluted with water and salt.
Some forms of fresh ayran include some foam.
It is served cold and especially drunk during summer months.
It is also advised because of health reasons to drink plenty of Ayran during warm summers days when the body looses water and vital mineral.



Boza

Boza




Boza is a typical part of the Turkish food & beverage culture, it symbolizes the winter.

It is a cold beverage mainly consumed during winter months, drunk separately not during meals.

Boza is a fermented bulgur refreshment. This drink is creamy, light-brownish coloured. It tastes sweet and sour.






Salep

salepSalep is also a seasonal drink.

It is drunk warm during the cold winter days. Salep is made from the dried powder roots of wild orchids. It tastes very sweet and comes with cinnamon.

It is also used as cure for sour throats and coughs.



 

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