Turkish Honey (Bal)

Last Updated on April 30, 2019

Turkey is justly famed for its fragrant, flavorful honey(bal) gathered from the forests and fields of Anatolia.

Many areas produce superb honey, including the mountains along the Mediterranean shore near Marmaris, the mountains near Konya, and even in Kars in extreme northeastern Turkey.

Here are some words to help you in your honey-shopping:

Çam Balı Pine-forest honey, particularly from the Aegean region
Çiçek Balı “Flower honey,” collected from hives near fields of flowers
Fer Özel Balı Specially bright and clear honey
Ihlamur Balı Linden flower honey
Karakovan Balı Honey from a hive that has been “rested” for months in a pitch-dark place, unaffected by light
Kekik Balı Thyme-flower honey
Kestane Balı Chestnut blossom honey
Kirçiçeği Balı Wildflower honey
NarenciyeBalı Citrus flower honey, usually from the Mediterranean coast
Oğul Balı First honey drawn from a new hive
Petek Balı Honey in the honeycomb
Sepet Kovan Balı “Basket hive” honey
Yayla Balı Mixed wildflowers from high mountain pastures

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