Peanut | Fıstık

Peanut (fıstık) is believed to have originated in South America. Although there are no archeological records to support the assertion, people in South America made pottery and jars in the shape of peanuts as far back as 3,500 years ago. As early as 1,500 BC, the Peruvian Inca used peanuts as a sacrificial offering and entombed them with their their deceased as an aid in the after life. Not originating from trees, peanuts are more closely related to legumes (like lentils or beans) than nuts.



In Turkey, the majority of peanuts are consumed dried and roasted. Peaut butter is also available.


Quick Guide

In Turkish, peanuts are called fıstık.
Roughly 80% of peanuts cultivated in Turkey come from the provinces of Adana, Osmaniye and Mersin in Turkey’s Mediterranean Region.
Peanuts are harvested in September and October. Dried and roasted peanuts are available all year.


Indulge in more Turkish Nuts

Chestnut | Kestane

Chestnuts have an ancient history. Written in third century, the earliest known record of chestnut cultivation can be found Theophrastus’ Enquiry into Plants. Today, Turkey is the third leading producer of chestnuts in the world.

Hazelnut | Fındık

Hazelnut has been cultivated in Turkey’s Black Sea Region for more than 2,300 years. Additionally, Turkey has been exporting hazelnuts for over six hundred years. Today, roughly 75% of the world’s hazelnut supply is grown in Turkey.


Pistachio | Antep Fıstığı

Pistachio is one of the oldest flowering nut trees. Recent archeological evidence in Turkey suggests that pistachios have been enjoyed since as early as 7000 BC. Today, Turkey is the third largest producer of pistachios in the world.

Walnut | Ceviz

Walnut has a rich history dating back thousands of years. Dating back as far as 7000 BC, walnuts are believed to be one of the oldest tree foods known to man. With over 6 million trees, Turkey is the fourth largest producer of walnuts worldwide.



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