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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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I wouldn't bother with mint, oregano etc. Try and source some Persian saffron, which is the best in the world, but be aware of forgeries. Do a little research on how to examine the stamen and how to spot dyed saffron.

Otherwise, get some sumac, cinnamon and cassia bark.

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