Tag Archives: Spice

Pul biber stockpile: Mercan Bey high-tails it to the Mısır Çarşısı


As soon as he heard that we were heading out of Istanbul as soon as possible, Mercan Bey went into panic mode.  You may recall that Mercan Bey is a spice trader from the Arabian Peninsula (as I wrote about … Continue reading

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On the 8th day of Christmas: Meet Mercan, the spice trader from Arabia


So, we move from yesterday’s introduction to Zenne, the former dancing girl now in love with her fragrant herbal garden, to an introduction to Mercan Bey (pronounced mehr-jahn bey), a spice trader from the Arabian peninsula. Now, I only became … Continue reading

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