Pomegranates are a fall and winter treat.
It's easy to see what seasonal eating looks like while grocery shopping in Turkey. Sure, the large chain supermarkets out in the suburbs have all sorts of exotic imports, but at the neighborhood manav (greengrocer), you know summer is on the way when strawberries start to appear, tumbling from sidewalk stands in what seems like endless bounty -- and then they're all but gone until the next year.
(Though organic growers near the city are still small and few, the local magazine Time Out Istanbul has some good tips for eating organic in Istanbul.)Following in Collin's Oregon-centric footsteps, here's what 12 months of eating local, seasonal food looks like in Istanbul.