December 2014 – January 2015: Istanbul
It’s almost time to say farewell to 2014 and the weather is abysmal. Snow is predicted for the next few days – we are truly in the heart of winter!
Today’s usual Monday market in Selami Çeşme was somewhat subdued but nonetheless colourful. Intrepid housewives, undeterred, were out in force with their shopping carts and umbrellas.
Here’s a pictorial account of what’s in season right now with photos that I took this morning:
|olives for all tastes|
A favourite of mine is the olive stall above: there is a fabulous variety in all hues of green and pink through to black. It is absolutely the season for olives – it’s such a hard task to harvest them especially when the weather is cold and wet like today. I bought some of the black breakfast ones from Gemlik, THE place for breakfast olives, etli/meaty, and not too salty. The slits on the green ones are typical of now: they have been slit – çizik – or broken – kırma – to release the bitter juices into the salty brine in which they are stored, to make them edible.
There are two items in the photos above that may be new to you: one is those gorgeous dark red carrots. They come from the south of Turkey and have only recently become available here. The other is a nondescript-looking brownish coloured fruit that has quite the weirdest texture if you eat one: it’s called muşmula and TT informs me that it isn’t very popular! I’m not surprised.
The courgettes, green peppers and cucumbers should by rights not be here but they are. I was surprised not to find marul, the firm lettuce that we love – THAT should be available but wasn’t to be seen today.
So now all that remains is for me to send you all my warmest greetings and good wishes for 2015. Let’s see what the new year will bring …..