pomegranate red. you’re used to seeing just a few pricey ones in the “exotic fruit” section at high end groceries in texas. but in istanbul, they are spilling out of all shop windows, just waiting to be juiced for a perfect breakfast drink.
strawberry reds. you adore strawberries and love seeing the different interpretations of strawberry tartelettes in each country you travel. but it’s really the banana in the cake piques your interest the most. did they really just roll an entire banana in a cake?
green and orange. for the loukoms. the piles of sweets. the coil drenched in honey. and the pistachio nougat. you now realize you weren’t very good at note taking this trip…. but perhaps it has to do with the fact that you weren’t super crazy about the sweets in instanbul. nice to taste, but you are a flour person and that is what really makes you tick. like the next set.
white. because you adore things made with flour. and also for powdered sugar and cream. just some extra sweetness for the already very sweet turkish pastries.
green. yet again, for crushed pistachios in baklava. you never knew there was more than just that typical triangular form of baklava. in istanbul you discover tray after tray after tray of this layered deliciousness.
the most characteristic thing about turkish pastries that you’ve noticed is: nuts. they love nuts. especially pistachios. and dried fruit. and perhaps honey as well.
on the topic of green, you’re also impatiently waiting for fig season to start. you craved figs while you were in istanbul, but in february, figs were a no go. but now it’s may. and soon figs will be popping up on your side of the ocean. those green texas figs. soon. so very soon.