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What spices to buy in Instanbul

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Hi all,

long time no see.

I'm looking for some advice on what to buy at the Istanbul spice market. I'm certainly thinking some red pepper, mint, oregano and other herbs, maybe cumin....what else? What can you actually buy there?

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Thanks for your replies, guys.

I don't worry about customs. The over-zealousness of US customs officers is legendary all over the world, however, I'm from Slovakia and it's not a big deal here. On the other hand, we don't have good spice vendors. Those that do exist have pretty much the same stuff I can buy in a supermarket plus a few exotic spices.

I think I should concentrate on different kinds of Turkish pepper and paprika and maybe some kekik and mint. Maybe grains of paradise, cubeb and similar stuff. But mostly capsicum.
Bay leaves!!

Take what you can, the worst that happens is they throw them out at customs. Take it from me, I've smuggled all kinds of cheeses, dried meats, even live snails.
THIS is the attitude I like (and share). :D
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