Turkey: an Exhibition of Flavours and Culture

June 13, 2024

Turkey flavours and culture are rich and symbolic of the heritage of a land that straddles Europe and Asia.

Be inspired by a variety of dishes representative of a land that offers a feast for the senses that is both tantalizing and moving. Be enchanted by the colours of the ingredients enlivening your dishes and spices delighting even the most discerning palates.

Cheeses

Turkish cheeses, or “peynir,” are a diverse and integral part of Turkish cuisine. They range from fresh and creamy to aged and crumbly, with each region of Turkey boasting its unique varieties. They are often made from cow, sheep, or goat milk, and sometimes a combination of these.

Feta cheese: often enjoyed as part of the traditional Turkish breakfast, served with olives, tomatoes, cucumbers, and fresh bread. It is also used in salads, pastries, and savory dishes such as börek (stuffed pastries). Feta cheese is a versatile ingredient that adds a creamy richness and depth of flavor to a wide range of dishes.

Kasseri: is a semi-hard, yellow cheese that is popular throughout Turkey. It has a mild, slightly tangy flavor with a hint of nuttiness and a smooth, elastic texture. It is often enjoyed as a table cheese, sliced or grated, and used in a variety of dishes such as sandwiches, omelets, and baked dishes.

Kuymak: also known as Mıhlama, is a delightful dish crafted from a blend of butter, cornmeal, and melted cheese. Its simplicity belies its incredible flavor and adaptability. The joy of preparing it lies not just in its taste, but also in the mesmerizing spectacle of watching the cheese stretch endlessly as it’s stirred with a wooden spoon.

Kuymak cheese, part of Turkey tradition and Squisto products. A must of Turkey flavour and culture.
Simit – The Turkish Bagel

It might looks like a classic bagel, but this sesame ring has a distinctive nutty flavour and crunchy texture. It is often sold by street vendors, bakeries and cafes and It is more than just a snack. Often served with Turkish tea, cherishes Turkish daily life, offering a delicious experience with every bite.

Simit Bagel, part of Turkey tradition and Squisto products

Jams

Integral part of breakfast, Turkish jams are made from different fruits and vegetables such as rose petals and green walnuts. The result is a sweet, fragrant preserve that captures the essence of the territory. Many families prepare their own jams using recipes passed through generations, using only seasonal ingredients. They also play a role in festive occasions and celebrations as they are given as gifts to symbolize sweetness and joy.

Rose petal jam. Part of Squisito products offer and Turkey flavour and culture.

Sucuklu with Eggs

Sucuk is a dry, fermented sausage made from ground beef, seasoned with a mixture of spices. The slices are lightly fried in a pan until the flavour is fully released.
For a complete experience, eggs are cracked directly in the pan, accompanied by fresh bread to soak up the delicious juices. Easy to make, reflects the broader culinary influences of the Turkish cuisine while providing a protein-rich dish to start the day.

High angle of appetizing Sucuklu Yumurta traditional dish made of fried eggs and sausages in pan served on table for traditional Turkish breakfast. (Squisito product). Part of Turkey flavours and culture

Bazlama

Embodyment of the Turkish culinary heritage, it is a soft, fluffy flatbread. It can be served with butter, a variety of dips and filling, including cheese, olives, tomatoes and herbs. Don’t be afraid to add yoghurt to the dough to enhance the healthy factors of a complete natural food.

Embodyment of the Turkish culinary heritage, Bazlama is a must of Squisito products and part of Turkey flavours and culture

Black Tea – Turkish Çay

Strong and rich in flavour, is an essential part of the cultural and social fabric of Turkey. It is polite to accept tea when offered, which is served in small, tulip-shaped glasses designed to be held from the top.
In many towns and villages, you’ll often come across a common sight: a Turkish tea garden known as a Çay Bahceşi. These places serve as gathering spots for friends and families, where they can unwind, catch up on life, and enjoy each other’s company over cups of tea.

To prepare Turkish tea, you’ll need a special vessel called a Caydanlik, consisting of two stacked pots. Water is poured into the bottom pot, while the top pot holds tea leaves and a bit of water. Once the water in the bottom pot reaches a boil, it’s time to mix it with the tea leaves in the top pot. The brewed tea is then strained into glasses, filling them halfway. To complete the serving, the glasses are topped up with the hot water from the bottom pot.

Turkish tea in traditional glass with oriental background (squisito product). Part of Turkey flavour and culture.

 

 

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