Monday, November 15, 2010

Turkey Flora

My favorite shot.

As you may or may not have noticed, JS and I appear to be having great difficulty in posting on a regular basis. We have been and are still currently undergoing significant changes in our respective schedules, making it difficult to devote time to the blog. So, please bear with us as we make this transition.

A plant that smells like basil. Is it a type of basil?
Found at St. John Basilica; Selçuk, Turkey.

In the meantime, here are some random images of flora in Turkey. I am not really familiar with plants and such, so I found these either unusual or unusually pretty, or both.

Found at St. John Basilica; Selçuk, Turkey.

For more information:
Turkey Travel Planner: St John Basilica, Selçuk, Ephesus
Sacred Destinations: Basilica of St. John, Ephesus

Found in Ephesus, Turkey.

If anybody can enlighten me regarding the unknown plants, that would be most welcome.

So unusual. This plant -- tree, actually -- has snow pea-like pods and yellow flowers with long red stamens.
Found in Troy, Turkey.

For more information:
Turkey Travel Planner: Troy (Truva), Turkey
Wikipedia: Archaeological Troy

Nothing unusual about these at all. They're potatoes! Our hot air balloon landed in a field of potatoes. I thought that was pretty cool. These look like the rejects, so I don't think our landing on that field caused any harm.
Found in Cappadocia (Kapadokya), Turkey.

Potatoes in this area were especially delicious!

A beach in Çirali, Turkey.

Found at Defne Pansiyon; Kaş, Turkey.

Found in Ephesus, Turkey.

Squash in the Red Rose Valley; Cappadocia (Kapadokya), Turkey.

They do love their squash in this region! There were squash everywhere!

Squash at the side of the road.
Found in Mustafapaşa; Cappadocia (Kapadokya), Turkey.

According to our guide, they are grown mostly for their seeds. They do eat some of the squash flesh, but most are discarded. The seeds are where it's at, apparently.

Found in Cappadocia (Kapadokya), Turkey.

For more information:
Turkey Travel Planner: Cappadocia (Kapadokya), Turkey
Wikipedia: Cappadocia

Lichen can be classified as "flora", can't they?
Found in Troy, Turkey.

Fruit growing willy-nilly!

The tell-tale shape of the fig leaf. If you look closely, you can see a couple of figs growing.
Among the ruins at Ephesus, Turkey.

They were growing at sides of roads, amongst ruins...

In someone's backyard; Pamukkale, Turkey.

At the Koray Hotel; Pamukkale, Turkey.

Among the ruins at Hierapolis; Pamukkale, Turkey.

In the background, the amphitheatre at Hierapolis.
Pamukkale, Turkey.

Those plants, closer. They look like some sort of cereal/grain, no?
Among the ruins at Hierapolis; Pamukkale, Turkey.

For more information:
Turkey Travel Planner: Hierapolis, Pamukkale, Turkey
Wikipedia: Hierapolis

Found in the Red Rose Valley; Cappadocia (Kapadokya), Turkey.

I end the same way I started, with these dried out-looking things. They're so pretty.

eatingclub vancouver
in Turkey (September 2010)

Sultanahmet Camii (Blue Mosque) (Istanbul, Turkey)
Aya Sofya (Hagia Sophia) (Istanbul, Turkey)
Topkapı Sarayı (Palace) Museum (Istanbul, Turkey)
Turkey Flora
Hierapolis Ruins and Travertines (Pamukkale, Turkey)
Güray Pottery (Avanos, Turkey)

For Turkish dishes:
Turkey (the country, not the fowl)
Turkish Çay (Tea)

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  1. I love wild plants! The "fuzzy" one is Cockscomb (, I only know this because I've seen it cultivated here in Canada (at Kings Landing Historical Settlement in an 1840s English Garden, to be precise).

  2. The first photo looks like a plant that grows all over the mountains in Lebanon and which I made into a tea last summer; somewhere it cures this that and the other; I wrote a post on it.
    Other than that, it looks a lot like Lebanese landscape, where one sees fruit trees growing at the side of the road. The herbs with the little white flower looks like zaatar to me or a variation of it.

  3. I think the second is Greek basil? The leaves are smaller than normal. Unless I'm wrong?

    I second the cockscomb.

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  5. Turkey flora is so much prettier than NYC flora. Especially the squash by the side of the road.

  6. Nice photos. The second photo resembles kemangi, Indonesian lemon basil.

  7. tasteofbeirut:
    I should search for it on your blog.

    Wandering Chopsticks:
    I didn't know there was a type of basil with such small leaves.

    Well, NYC has its treasure of eats. =)

    Thanks! Oh, I've never heard of that type of basil before.

  8. oh i have a basil plant at home and the flowers look similar :D

  9. M-Rita:
    It's settled. The consensus is that it really *is* basil!

  10. Hello. Great pix. The pea-like would be... Caesalpinia gilliesii (I also found it 3 years ago in Greece).

    1. Wow, thanks!!! I never thought someone would actually help us figure this out!


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