Article and link to the audio material on the Yeşilist website
Students talk with Riza Bey about his garden near the Yedikule walls. He also shared some wonderful personal photos with us.
Due Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 10:00am
750-word essay submitted online, posted to the course website (roughly three double-spaced pages)
Choose one vegetable that currently grows in the Yedikule gardens: purslane (semizotu), lettuce (marul), tomato (domates), purple basil (reyhan), pepper (biber), mint (nane) or radish (turp). Answer the following questions in your essay:
I. 250 words on the origin of your vegetable:
– Location of wild progenitor (ancestor)?
– When was it domesticated? When/how did it come to Istanbul?
– What part is eaten? How is the modern crop different from the wild form?
II. 250 words on how to grow your vegetable:
– Soil, water, sunlight requirements?
– How to plant, how to protect from pests and disease?
– You can use both ancient sources (Geoponika, Classical writers) and modern gardening websites for agricultural information (do these information sources correlate in any way?)
III. 250 words on taste and a traditional recipe:
– Detail your own experiences tasting this vegetable (smell, feel, taste, appearance)
– Are you familiar with this vegetable already, or is it new to you?
– Locate a Turkish recipe that uses this ingredient and explain how the vegetable is prepared/cooked (online recipes are okay, but try to find one from a traditional cookbook or one that is noted as being passed down through generations)
– Include the recipe and a photo of your vegetable