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Drought drives Middle Eastern pepper farmers out of business, threatens prized heirloom chiles

Drought drives Middle Eastern pepper farmers out of business, threatens prized heirloom chiles

By: Gary Paul Nabhan Published: January 15, 2010 Most Turks live on the water’s edge in the far western reaches of their vast country. But many of the spices that perfume the air in Turkey’s famous urban bazaars come from the nation’s southeastern farming areas of Sanliurfa and Kahramanmaras. In fact, spices from this region […]

The Further Adventures of Hadji Ali

The Further Adventures of Hadji Ali

Last spring I was invited to join forces with a Turkish documentary TV and film maker named Ardan Zenturk in a retrospective on Hadji Ali, the first Arab of the Islamic faith to become a naturalized citizen on the invitation of the U.S. government. I had already written about his time in Arizona in the […]

Ruminating along the Spice Route in Turkey

Ruminating along the Spice Route in Turkey

When one travels, it bis hard not to be struck by just how much of the world’s food biodiversity has found new homes and adapted to new places over the centuries. Visiting markets in Turkey for the first time in my life, I am amazed at how many Old Friends from the New World show […]

Let 2010 Be the Year of the Heirloom Apple

Let 2010 Be the Year of the Heirloom Apple

While the Chinese will be celebrating 2010 as the Year of the Tiger, we in America have historically had no tigers except those in zoos and circuses. But what we once have had many of—heirloom apples—are now in danger of becoming as rare as tigers are in Asia. Of some 15,000 to 16,000 apples varieties […]

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