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Red peppercorns to serve with fresh goat cheese.
Turkish delight is not hard to find, and you get a rather large choice of flavor. Now this is never gourmet confectionery, just flavored jelly coated in cornstarch, but buy some for fun.
hazelnut and pomegranate.
3. THE NUTS
Nuts of all kinds are a good buy in Turkey and here at the Egyptian Bazaar you certainly have a choice. Almonds, pine nuts, hazelnuts and mounds of pistachios.
I bought some of these shelled unsalted raw pistachios to prepare my own pistachio paste at home.
4. THE REAL BAZAAR
FXcuisine.com is not about tourist honeytraps and I will now tell you about the real bazaar. Enter the building by the main entrance, walk to the end and exit by the door in front of you instead of turning left into the second aisle. simple cheese (that doesn't look gourmet grade), stuffed wine leaves and several shops selling rustic Turkish cookware. The real thing. Some even have fixed prices, which allowed me to buy huge hand-made shish (skwers the size of sword) for 1€ each.
If you like olives you're unlikely to find as much choice anywhere else than Turkey.
Ada çay is wild sage used as herbal tea, a popular drink in Turkey. I bought some although the leaves never look that good.
What I didn't buy
Every single merchant in the Egyptian bazaar will press you to buy Turkish Viagra, a herbal mix that will enable you to 'make love 5 times in the night'. I managed to escape by saying I wouldn't settle for less than 10 times in the night until one merchant answered 'You'll need to buy two jars for that'.