The best herbs are selected from the city's traditional bazaar
Turkey's southeast is known for its variety of spices and dried vegetables. Eastern and southeastern meals are often spicy, adding a unique taste to its cuisine. Turks in other parts of the country either order spices from the southeast or stock up when they visit it. Çitil says she goes to spice shops every day to pick out the best ones. She says that spices make up the majority of orders from the Istanbul, Samsun, Ankara and Aydın provinces. Spices such as 'zahter,' red pepper and nutmeg are among the 4,000 types of spices found in Diyarbakır. The shops that Çitil visits to buy spices can be found in the main bazaar of Sur.
Local butcher hopeful for the project's progress
If one paid a visit to one of the provinces in southeastern Turkey, he or she would discover that the meat is much better than in Istanbul or anywhere else for that matter. Keeping that in mind, Çitil's clients often request Turkish-style fermented sausage. Therefore, she buys meat from the town's local butcher, Musa Çınar. Çınar was forced to shut down his business for nearly five months during the anti-terror operations. Despite losing his home and closing down his shop for months, Çınar with an optimistic mindset, says he hopes for a brighter future.
"My clients love the meat here," Çınar asserted.
Aiming to reach more people through social media
"Hevsel Bahçesi" has an Instagram account, "@hevselbahcesi," where Çitil presents her work and keeps contact with her many clients. Several people have sent her positive feedback, saying they were impressed with the spices, vegetables, fruits and other products from the Diyarbakır culture. If Çitil is looking to expand her business and open branch offices in different provinces across Turkey, her social media management will play a crucial role. While Kurdish women are making major efforts to return to their normal lives and get their children out of the traumatic situation, initiatives such as "Hevsel Bahçesi" are precious. Çitil's dedication to her fellow co-workers and clients can be felt in her words: "We are a family."
Diyarbakır's dried vegetables are quite famous.