Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Granny Smith

This week end I went to the Supermarket and found out that they did not know how to spell Granny Smith.

Later on, I found myself in another supermarket (of the same chain store funnily) and there it was spelled good but more expensive. So I'd rather have them mispell names if it makes them cheaper.


Mim said...

I'm with you on this. Go with the lower price and the mis-spelling. I love Granny Smith apples. So crisp and tart. Where do they come from in Turkey? Locally grown? Imported?

Djouls said...

Interestingly they both come from Turkey. Generally they're not imported, otherwise they would be too expensive. The hand work here is cheap so we have a lot of local fruits and vegetables but they can become very expensive some times.
The cheap apples here come from Bursa, 3 hours south of Istanbul. The expensive ones come from Canakkale (it is the nearest major town to the site of ancient Troy), 5 hours south west of Istanbul.

Turkey is one of the few countries in the world that is self-sufficient in terms of food. The country's fertile soil, access to sufficient water, a suitable climate, and hard-working farmers, all make for a successful agricultural sector. In addition, a broad range of crops can be raised because of the variety of different climates throughout the land. This has allowed Turkey to become the largest producer and exporter of agricultural products in the Near East and North African regions. In fact, according to The Economist 's world rankings, Turkey is one of the top 10 producers of fruit, wheat, and cotton in the world. More impressively, it ranks among the top 5 producers of vegetables, tea, and raw wool. As a result of this massive production base, Turkey enjoys a comparative advantage in many agricultural products, and a positive trade balance in agriculture that contributes significant relief to an overall trade deficit. The country's main export markets are the EU and the United States, to which Turkey exports dried fruit and nuts, cotton, and tobacco.

The vegetal (of, or relating to, plants and vegetables) production is primarily made up of cereals, pulses (edible seeds of various pod-bearing plants such as peas, beans, or lentils), industrial crops, and perishables. Of these, cereal crops occupy more than half of the cultivated land. The main species of cereal crops produced in Turkey are wheat, barley, oats, rye, maize, millet, and rice. These crops are produced in most parts of the country, with a heavier concentration in the central regions.

Of all these, wheat has a special place in the Turkish economy. Turkey is both a top 10 producer and a top 10 consumer of wheat in the world. It is the essential food element in the Turkish diet.

Perishable fruit and vegetables are also important to the Turkish economy. Out of the 140 perishables grown in the world, the country produces 80 varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables and exports 30 kinds of vegetable and 20 kinds of fruit. These include grapes, citrus fruit, melons, potatoes, onions, tomatoes, olives, and cucumbers.

Thanks for listening ;)