Just the right season for İzmir, Hatay Pazarı

No, we are not going to Hatay, yet it is another colorful pazar in İzmir. Up at the hills of İzmir, Hatay Pazarı was set up on Thursdays.

Kekik 2 kinds -oregano and thyme-,  karabaş -lavandula stoechas- on the right corner, for making tea… the locals say that it is good for headaches and colds, widely sold. I like to buy bunches and put in my vases, they are so pretty.

Why don’t you take my picture she said, holding a bunch of ısırgan -nettle- on one hand and kuzukulağı -sorrel- on the other… 

Bags full of arapsaçı -wild fennel- by the time we left pazar there were none. 

 right next to hindiba -curly endive- hardal otu -wild mustard or charlock- for making salad, leeks…

one of the reason I wanted to go to pazar is tilkişen -wild asparagus- on the left and on the right acı ot -bitter green, bitter ivy- 

artichokes, everywhere… heaven!

heap of artichokes,  Hatay, Pazarı, photograph by Tuba Şatanamy dream car, yellow, old and full of artichokes! 

happy esnaf… love Ege, love İzmir…