The avocado (avocado pear, alligator pear, Persea americana) is a large berry with a single large seed in the center.
It originated in Puebla, Mexico, where it was called ahuácatl by the Aztecs and aguacate by Spaniards, it has now made its way into Mediterranean cuisine as growing conditions in that region are favorable.
The avocado was not grown in Turkey until the 1980s and 1990s. Although Turkey now produces about 1000 tons of avocadoes annually along its Mediterranean coast, it is not an ingredient used in traditional Turkish cuisine.
However, it is being used in newly-created dishes, mostly in upscale European-style nouvelle cuisine restaurants.
Because there are no traditional uses for avocados in Turkish cuisine, it is impossible to say how it might be used—whole, mashed, pureéd, or in soups or sauces—and whether or not you can identify it by sight.
It's probable that it will be used mostly in non-traditional dishes such as mixed salads, but this cannot be guaranteed.
Is there avocado in it? = İçinde
avokado var mı? (EECH-een-DEH
AH-voh-KAH-doh VAHR muh)
Yes = evet (eh-VEHT)
No = hayır/yok ('higher,' YOHK)
I'm allergic to avocado = avokado
alerjim var (AH-voh-KAH-doh
Most processed food
packages in Turkey contain lists
of ingredients, often in several
languages, but you may want to have
speaker help to interpret
the ingredients list.