Turkish tea, locally known as çay, is an integral part of Turkish culture. Throughout history, this was served to guests as a trademark of Turkish hospitality.
The original Turkish tea is a variant of black tea and consumed straight without milk. It is traditionally prepared in a special kettle, called a çaydanlık.
Over the years, variations of herbal tea have become popular in Turkey, especially among tourists.
You can find these teas sold in mounds alongside spices at the Turkish bazaars. Popular flavors include apple, rose hip, linden flower, pomegranate, and hibiscus.
Just like the spices, you can have the tea vacuum-packed by the vendors for easier handling.
Best gifts for: Parents, friends and co-workers who love tea
Portable level: Easy to manage
Price range: TRY7 – 27 (US$2 – 8)
Where to buy
– Spice Bazaar
– Grand Bazaar