Breakfast, family visits, business meetings, negotiations in Grand Bazaar over carpet or ferry rides are hard to imagine without the tea in Turkey. When you go to a small town in the historical district of Istanbul or Turkey, get ready to drink a few cups of tea every day. Tea is a popular drink that awakens the Turks in the morning and brings them together late at night. When requesting tea, it is asked to have in the colour of “rabbit blood“ and can be consumed with or without sugar.
When visiting a Turkish house, the host offers a freshly prepared cup of tea. This is also done as an indication of hospitality and friendship. Usually a fine cup is used, these cups are used as a unit of measure in recipes. As you pass through the streetside cafes, you can hear the tiny chunks of tea spoons in the tea cups.
Produced from very finely ground Arabica beans, Turkish coffee has gained worldwide fame for its strong taste and special preparation and serving methods. Turkish coffee, which is generally consumed after breakfast, also plays a role in Marriage traditions. In the past, before the marriage visit, while asking for the girl’s hand in marriage, the bride-to-be is evaluated to their ability to make Turkish coffee.
Even today, the Turkish coffee is served by the bride-to-be during the girls’ visit. The coffeehouses where coffees were made and drunk since the 16th century were also places where shadow plays such as Karagöz and Hacivat were exhibited, where oral culture of the Ottoman Empire was spread. Today, coffeehouses are known as a place where men gather to socialize, talk politics and drink tea or coffee and play backgammon and various card games.
Breakfast is made in every country in the world, but it is very difficult to find a breakfast that fits the Turkish breakfast. In fact, breakfast is a combination of the word “coffee “ and the Word “before “. Since the taste of Turkish coffee is intense, you should eat something on an empty stomach. Therefore, the word “breakfast” means before coffee ”. In most countries of the world, breakfast is seen as a routine requirement to start the day, in Turkey, it is meant to express a warm environment that brings family and friends together. While cucumbers, tomatoes, pickled olives, eggs, sausages, various cheeses and fresh bread or bagel-like pastries are available at the breakfast table, no breakfast is complete without freshly brewed tea.
Turkish Bath Culture
Baths dating back to the ancient Romans stand out as places where people socialize as a method of cleaning and relaxation in Turkish tradition. The Turkish bath is focused on hot and cold water rather than steam. The human body is rubbed with plenty of soap bubbles, dead skin is shed and body massage is available on request, especially in tourist baths.
The candy that is one of Turkey’s most popular exports, has about 500 years of history. One of the oldest sweets in the world, Turkish delight was traditionally wrapped in special lace handkerchiefs.
The mixture, which is obtained by cooking sugar syrup and starch milk mixture for five to six hours, is offered in more than 24 varieties including rose, gum, plain, mint, coffee, walnut, peanut and hazelnut. Hacı Bekir, the most famous producer of Turkish delight, is sending his delights to customers all over the world.