Thanks to an accommodating Mediterranean climate, Turkey is rich with fresh fruits: figs, grapes, apples, apricots, and pears, to name a few. Turkey is also home to pomegranate and many varieties of citrus. Turks usually eat these either fresh or dried — or juiced, as the case may be (word on the street, however, is that straight-up pomegranate juice can be overwhelmingly sour and viscous!).
Fresh produce is easy to find when traveling through the country, but be sure to browse the Grand Bazaar for a wide offering. Built in 1455, it is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world and includes 60 covered streets, 5,000 shops, and attracts up to 400,000 visitors on a daily basis! Unsurprisingly, it can be a bit chaotic, but is worth a visit for the food alone. It’s located inside the walled city of Istanbul and is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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