Mint, or 'nane' (NAH'-neh), is used fresh and dried in many salad recipes as well as with meat, poultry, and fish. It's also an important ingredient in 'Ezogelin' (ez-oh-gel-EEN') soup and popular as a garnish to sprinkle on 'MANTI' (mahn-TUH'), a classic Turkish dumpling similar to miniature ravioli.
Nigella seeds, sometimes called black cumin, is a spicy seed used to sprinkle on top many pastries, rolls and other baked goods such as breakfast 'poğaça (poh-AH'-cha). Each seed has a unique, bitter flavor and their pitch-black color looks lovely on top of just about anything. Black cumin is most often sprinkled on pastries, savories and layered cheese pies made with yufka or phyllo.
Sumac comes from the fruit of a bush indigenous to the Middle East. The bush is actually a member of the cashew family and the fruit is used widely in Turkey and other Arabic countries. Sumac is a main ingredient in the Middle Eastern spice blend Za'atar. Before the Romans learned of lemons, they used sumac for its sour and pleasantly astringent taste. They called it Syrian sumac. Sumac berries are picked, dried and ground into a coarse powder before being used in the cooking process. This powder is used to flavor salad dressings, meats, rice dishes and kebobs. Sumac can also be mixed with other vegetables such as onions and used as a condiment.
Essential for traditional Turkish dish "Dolma" 100% Turkish Pinenuts. Pinenut is a nut which is obtained by breaking the hard shells extracted from the cones of pine tree and has a high nutritional value. Growing from all Mediterranean countries, this tree is a large pine type which can be sized up to 20 m in an umbrella view. Cone production begins after the age of 20 years.
Also known as Isot pepper, this wonderful crushed chile from the Turkish town of Urfa is similar to Aleppo. Though Urfa chiles are called “red”, they actually are purplish black in color. These premium peppers are picked and cut, dried in the sun by day, then wrapped and sweated at night for more than a week. This sweating process gives the chiles a rich, earthy flavor and smoky aroma. A sweating process gives Urfa chiles a rich, earthy flavor and smoky aroma. Urfa peppers are a 3-4 on a heat scale of 1-10. The heat develops slowly and has more bite than Aleppo crushed red peppers. Try sprinkling over salad, pasta, pilaf, pizza and more. If you enjoy Aleppo chiles we think you will love these as well.