A Fresh Turkish Souvenir
Fed up of buying Turkish Delight to take home with you as a souvenir? I have the perfect solution – browse the local farmers market and buy some Pul Biber.
What is Pul Biber?
Pul Biber is the catch-all generic name used to refer to Turkey’s popular red spice, but there are many different varieties of Turkish red pepper, and each one has a distinct aroma and colour, and offers differing levels of heat. Pul Biber differs from the traditional red pepper/chili flakes, and tends to be more oily with a slightly damp texture.
I realized there was no better way to evoke memories of my trip to Turkey, than buying a trio of Turkish Pul Biber as souvenirs. This way, my friends and family could taste the adventure I’d been on for themselves, and so a new tradition was born.
I usually buy big bags of three types of Pul Biber, and repackaged them in smalls jars or bags to give out as souvenirs.
The Darker the Biber the Bigger the Kick
My new holy trinity of Turkish souvenirs is now:
- Urfa Pul Biber – a mild, tangy flake with a slightly woody flavour
- Ipec Pul Biber Maras – a fruity medium spiced flake, almost crimson coloured
- Aci Pul Biber – a darker red flake with a bitter aftertaste, and a spicy kick