Sunday, 10 May 2015
Bodrum Market Surprises.
Just when I think there is nothing new to see at Bodrum market, I find another first - Sage "apples". According to my admittedly rather ancient guide to plants of the Aegean, these "fruits' are not fruit at all but "galls". I await further information because I've drawn a blank on the internet. I wasn't expecting them to taste very good but I can see why they are called apples in Turkish; a sweet/sour juicy mouthful with a hint of sage, not at all unpleasant.
My second surprise is not so pleasant. I needed some celeriac for a supper party on Thursday night and could only see tiny ones. I asked how much they were and when I found out that a "mouthful" size one was 3 TL I protested. Asking the stall holder how he could justify the high price, I was told that markets are always more expensive than shops. Are they? When did that happen?