What to bring back from Turkey?


Turkey is for me one of the most gastronomically interesting countries in the world. What items do I have on my list when thinking about what to bring from Turkey?

Turkish halva

Halva is my favorite Turkish dessert, made from sesame seeds and sugar/honey. These small 40 g sticks are the optimal size for me. One stick cost 7 lira, which is about 0.40 EUR.

Turkish halva
Turkish halva

✓ Tip: Book your tickets for attractions and excursions in Istanbul in advance, save time & avoid queues.

Chocolate bar with Turkish pistachios

Ideal as a small snack for further trips, a 40 g package cost 12 lira, which is about 0.60 EUR.

Chocolate bar with Turkish pistachios
Chocolate bar with Turkish pistachios

Nestlé milk chocolate with Turkish pistachios

Great as a gift, one 60 g package cost 18 lira, which is about 1 EUR.

Nestlé milk chocolate with Turkish pistachios
Nestlé milk chocolate with Turkish pistachios

Turkish tea

Turks are known for their tea-drinking culture, but instead of classic black tea, I prefer Earl Grey type, so I bought this variant. A metal box with 125 g of loose tea cost approximately 2 EUR.

Earl Grey tea
Earl Grey tea

Green tea with sakura flavor

One package with ten 2 g bags cost 28 lira, which is about 1.60 EUR.

Green tea with sakura flavor
Green tea with sakura flavor

Turkish halva with dried figs and walnuts

I really like the combination of nuts and figs, so I tasted halva with this flavor as well. A 350g package cost 17 lira, which is about 1 EUR.

Halva with dried figs and walnuts
Halva with dried figs and walnuts

Turkish black mulberry jam

Mulberry trees are often grown as ornamental trees, but their fruits are edible. One 300ml jar cost 25 lira, which is about 1.30 EUR.

Black mulberry jam
Black mulberry jam

Turkish lentil soup

I like to bring home food from my travels that I don’t usually eat. This lentil soup from Knorr cost 9 lira, which is about 0.50 EUR.

Turkish lentil soup
Turkish lentil soup

And what did you bring back from your travels in Turkey?