Turasan: Cappadocia Wines
Turasan is one of the local wine producing companies of this region. If you stay at Elkep Evi or Esbelli in Urgup, you’ll see their shop on the way to your hotel. You can taste their products. They have many gift alternatives as well, like magnets, wine accessories, dried fruits…
Our waiters recommended us their red wine “Seneler”. It was delicious, but I didn’t like the ones I tasted in their store. I’ll recommend you Seneler but I’ll give the other wines a chance again.
What to buy: Seneler red
What to pay: 15-50 ytl
- Wine Tasting
- Food and Dining
Pumpkin seeds are one of our tidbits like sunflower seeds. They are usually baked with salt and we eat them while we are watching something or chatting like popcorn. I found out that pumpkin seeds are the local product of Nevsehir. My mom loves them, so I decided to buy her some.
One of our friends has relatives in Urgup. They know the best shop, and they arranged our pumpkin seeds. There were two different kinds. They were similar in shape but their tastes were different. May be there are more kinds. Taste them before buying.
Kavruk is the most famous place to buy pumpkin seeds (and also dried appricots) in Urgup.
What to buy: Pumpkin seeds, dried fruits, etc.
What to pay: Not too much
Soganli Women: Soganli Dolls
Soganli is a valley with many churches. There is a small village here. This region is known as the entrance of Cappadocia.
As our landlord told us that an old woman called Hanife who lives in Soganli had made a doll for her grand child once. Some tourists had bought the doll from the child. Following day Hanife had made another doll, it had been sold, too. Then the other people had joined her (or imitated her) and made more dolls. Now these are the main product of Soganli area. Also he said that she is too old and blind but still living in Soganli and telling folk stories to visitors.
Now, all the women of Soganli producting these dolls in authentic dresses. We had one of these in our first room. You can make local people really happy and appreciated by buying these cute, handmade dolls.
I have one in my home now, from my second visit.
What to buy: Dolls, each one is genuine
What to pay: 5-7 ytl, $3-4 Euro
Many shops in Avanos: Buy some clay
You’ll see many shops of earthenware products in Avanos. They produce plates, jars, cooking pots, and many kitsch ornaments. The cooking pots are useful; you can cook delicious meals in them.
Avanos is at the shore of Kizilirmak (red river). I think they use the clay which the river brings.
Visit this shops in Avanos, maybe you can try to make a pot or vase yourself.
What to buy: Cooking pots or decorative stuff
What to pay: 5-10 ytl
What to buy: TURKISH DELIGHT
Comes in a multitude of flavours,including rose,pistachio,hazelnut and orange ; at it’s freshest it should be soft and succelent. Sample all the flavours before making your selection box.
What to pay: A packet is around about 15 turkish lira ; but mind that its more expensive at the airports and probably not fresh.
Every saturday on the market !: stroll down the local market
What to buy: SPICES & FOODSTUFFS
Sumak is a purple leaf ground to make a hot spice especially good for sprinkling on barbecued meats.
Saffron , the stamen of a particular type of North Anatolian crocus.
Salep, is powdered wil orchid root, only found in Turkey. It makes a warming winter drink when heated with milk and sugar which is said to guard against colds and act as an aphrodisiac.
Tahini is sesame paste and can be used in baking or as a substitute for peanut butter.In the Turkish tradition mix it with…
Pekmez, grape molasses.It’s equally delicious on its own , as a topping for ice-cream and puddings , or as a nutritious baking igredient.
What to buy: MEERSCHAUM PIPES
The worlds finest and largest beds of meerschaum are found in Turkey.The exportation of block meerschaum is prohibitied and any carved piece will have been carved in Turkey.The pipes are carved into Sultans,fanciful figures,animals and wizened, old men’s heads from delicate soft white stone.
What to pay: around about 15 usd up to 35 usd
Kilims &Carpets: Where/how to buy a carpet ?
What to buy: A good quality Turkish carpet is perhaps the ultimate souvenir.If you intend to buy one , here are a few hints :
Stick to reputable carpet dealers and ask lots of questions about the history of carpet if it is being sold as ‘hand made’
To check the fabric is not synthetic , put a match to the fringe; real silk and wool do not burn easily.whereas synthetic materials glow and may give off a chemical smell.
Check the closeness of the weave by looking at the back of the carpet.The closer the weave and smaller the knot , the higher the price.Wet a handkerchief and rubit over to check colourfastness and look careful for repairs.
In a reputable shop you willbe issued with a certificate of authenticity.
What to pay: Prices starting from 250 usd up to thousands of dollars depends on the quality
fabric and stones
A good place to buy stones: Lapiz Lazuli, Onyx, Alexandrite, Turquoise. Also to be had are beautiful tribal jewelery pieces as well as the ubiquitous rugs. Actually, the rugs produced in this region are some of the best. In nearby Goreme you can find wonderful and intricate pottery and ceramics. At the cave sites vendors sell these cool Hittite fetish figures carved from Onyx. Generally, the roadside stands are good places for fine wools and silk scarves.
What to buy: Check out the smaller vendors outside of town.
What to pay: negotiable