THE TRADITIONAL TASTES OF BEYPAZARI

Beypazarę is a point of attraction not only for its historical beauty but also its local cuisine. The cuisine of Beypazar is delicate and elegant. You can taste Home-made Tarhana Soup, meat casserole cooked in special casseroles in stone ovens, stuffed grape leaf with meat and rice, 80-ply Baklava – sweet pastry- and Höțmelim, a local dessert made of flour, milk, cream, salt, oil and sugar in the historical mansions. You can taste and buy Beypazarę Kurusu, which is a famous cookie for tea times, and only produced in Beypazarę. It is a different experience tasting these cooks in the historical mansions.

Local cook competitions are organized in the traditional annual fest of Carrot and Casserole and awards are given for the best tastes. The most of reason for Beypazarę’s rich cuisine is that Beypazarę has plenty of agricultural products. 70 % of the population is into agriculture because its lands are very productive. Beypazarę sells tomatoes, spinach, cucumber, lettuce, green pepper and carrots to the big cities like Istanbul and Ankara. It is aimed at expanding the organic agriculture in Beypazarę, which has been in increase in the recent years. 60 % of the carrots in Turkey are produced in Beypazarę. The by products of carrot – carrot delight, carrot jam and carrot juice – are the most valuable products for Beypazarę. Molasses – thick syrup made by boiling down the saccharine juice of quality grapes grown in Beypazarę – and praline are also important local products.

Beypazarę Casserole

Beypazarę Casserole, one of the special tastes of the local cuisine is prepared carefully and cooked in stone ovens.

 

Dolma - Stuffed Grape Leaf with Meat and Rice

The secret of the unique taste of Beypazarę Dolma, which is one of the important local cuisines of Beypazarę, is the fresh grape leaves, special meat and rice and skillful hands of women of Beypazarę.

 

Beypazarę Baklava – Sweet Pastry

Although Baklava of Beypazarę is 80 ply, it is not so thick. Home-made baklava with walnut are cooked for 4 hours.

 

Beypazarę Hardtack

Beypazarę Hardtack, like Scottish shortbread is indispensable food at Breakfasts and tea times. It is made of flour, milk, butter and keeps its freshness for a year.

 

Höțmelim, a local dessert made of flour, milk, cream, salt, oil and sugar.  

Höțmelim is an important local dessert made of unsalted cheese, flour and sugar. Perçem is another different fried dessert of Beypazarę, made of thin dough and walnut.

 

Beypazarę Carrot and Carrot Delight

60 % of the carrots in Turkey are produced in Beypazarę. The by products of carrot – carrot delight, carrot jam and carrot juice – are the most valuable products for Beypazarę.

 

Beypazarę Praline

The secret of the quality of Beypazarę praline lies in the mixture of grape juice and walnut. No sugar and water are added to the grape juice.