Travelers allergic to pine nuts (çam fıstıgı, CHAHM fus-tuh-uh) must be careful in Turkey. Stone Pine trees (Pinus pinea, çamin Turkish) are native to this land, and their seeds are a popular addition to Turkish dishes.
Linguistic note: the Turkish term for pistachio sounds almost the same as that for pine nut:
çam fıstığı (CHAHM fuhss-tuh-uh) = pine nut
Şam fıstığı (SHAHM fuhss-tuh-uh) = pistachio
|Turkish bread: no nuts!|
Much of the time, if pine nuts are used in a dish, you will see them, but of course you cannot depend on this.
The Turkish phrase for “I’m allergic to pine nuts” would be Çam fıstıklara alerjim var (CHAHM fuhss-tuhk-lah-rah ah-lehr-ZHEEM vahr).
If your allergy is not mentioned here and you don’t know the word for it,contact me and I’ll find it for you.
—by Tom Brosnahan
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