Enjoy the fresh summer flavours of Turkiye!
Located in the centre of the Mediterranean, Turkiye has a rich cultural history, gorgeous landscapes, and a wide variety of tourist attractions to offer visitors. The country provides its guests with a one-of-a-kind gastronomical experience by bringing the best tastes of its centuries-old, deeply rooted cuisine culture to the tables.
By: Turkish Tourism
Sticking to a Mediterranean diet to stay healthy and fit is relatively simple during your holiday in Turkiye. Because the miracle of olive oil, essential for living a long and healthy life, can be included in every meal of the day. Olive oil dishes are served as appetisers on small plates in restaurants and as the main course at home. Green beans with olive oil, cooked across Turkiye and consumed as an appetiser, are served as a main course at homes during the summer. While meat dishes are reduced during summer to make the meals lighter and healthier. Green beans, eggplant dishes, stuffed vine leaves (Sarma) or stuffed vegetables (Dolma) are also optionally cooked without meat. Summer also sees an increase in the use of fresh green herbs, and salads with plenty of olive oil, vinegar, or lemon are served with every meal.
In this vast landscape, every region is distinguished by its unique biodiversity. In Izmir, the pearl of the Turkaegean, for example, you can taste herbs like blessed thistle (sevket-i bostan) or samphire (Deniz borulcesi). The stars of the Aegean coast's tables are regional vegetables like artichokes, zucchini flowers, and other herbs unique to the region. When no food is at home on summer days, the melon-watermelon and white cheese trio usually comes to the rescue. Canakkale Ezine cheese and a few slices of melon or watermelon make up a perfect yet light meal.
Delicious Recipes of the Turkish Riviera
The Turkish Riviera attracts attention during the summer months for its wide selection of vegetable dishes prepared with organic olive oil. Tahinli piyaz is one of the delicacies that foodies must try during their visit to the Turkish Riviera. The excellent combination of dry beans with tahini, onions, and tomatoes can even replace the main course on a hot summer day. Try the Finike orange, which is known as one of the most delicious oranges in the world! A glass of ice-cold Finike orange juice with its unique aroma will refresh you on hot summer days.
Ayran Aşi (cold yogurt soup with wheat and chickpea), a summer favourite, is one of the most well-known local dishes of Eastern Anatolia. When visiting Anatolia, you can try this famous soup prepared with various grains and seeds in different regions.
Fish is a vital element of the Mediterranean diet and is typically consumed all summer. It's also one of the most essential tastes in Turkish cuisine. Surrounded by three seas, Turkiye experiences an abundance of seasonal seafood varieties. During the summer, fish is typically prepared by cooking or grilling and is sometimes steamed with vegetables and served healthily. We also want to remind you that white wines from local grapes unique to Turkish lands, such as Bornova Misketi, Emir, and Narince, have great taste and pair well with seafood, olive oil, and fresh summer fruits...
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