Spices are indispensable in Turkish cuisine. One of the main ingredients of this fascinating cuisine, spices spread all over the world via the famous spice trade route and created its own culture.

Bittersweet or sour, spices are in almost every Turkish dish from gourmet recipes to street food.

Turkey is a country where different cultures blend, and thus different spices dominate different regions of the country. Thyme in the Aegean and Marmara cuisine, red flake pepper, an indispensable element of Southeast Anatolian cuisine, or hundreds of spice varieties such as the delicious black pepper, cumin and coriander have their place in Turkish cuisine.

You can find first-class local productions of spice varieties, the hidden secret of Turkish cuisine, on the shelves of ATÜ Old Bazaar.