Welcome to my brand new category! I want to reflect anything about food and culture in Turkey on my blog, but I realized something was missing. I said to my husband: ‘I need something to fill this gap!’ He came with a great idea as usual: ‘Why don’t you share what’s happening about food around our country, Turkey?’
Yes, I was looking for something like this. So besides Turkish dishes and Turkish culture, you can also find food related news here. You will get a closer look to daily life in Turkey in this way.
So here we go…
People had been complaining about the high cost of tomato until this week. As Turkey is one of the biggest tomato producers around the world, this was not something Turkish people are familiar with. Tomato has normally two different price levels depending on the season. It is so cheap, about 1TL or less in Summer whereas it costs more, about 3TL in Winter. However, it surprisingly became unaffordable even before Winter this year, about 10TL. So people gave up buying tomatoes and tried to get used to cooking tomato free dishes.
Authorities say that it’s because greenhouse tomatoes grew late this year. There weren’t enough tomatoes to meet people’s need, which resulted in high cost.
Good news is given at the beginning of this week. Greenhouse tomato is reported to be on the market this week, which relaxes everyone. It costs around 5TL, which is still high but not as it was a week ago.
I hope it continues going down as tomato is one of the ingredients we can not leave.