“Proud and resilient nomads produce some of Turkey’s most distinctive, delicious cheeses. No gleaming stainless steel tanks and high technology centrifuge machines here. Turkey’s nomads, although dwindling in numbers, trek the timeless pathways to high, fertile plateaus in summer and, when winter encroaches, trail their flocks down to sea level. Theirs is a hard life with no amenities and only family, animals and mountains (and the occasional bear) for company.”, says Suzanne Swan in this article as she explores an ancient way of life she has come to know during her research on Turkish cheese in Turkey.

Suzanne Swan
Suzanne Swan travelled to Akseki, a wonderfully preserved 18th century Ottoman town at the foot of the Taurus Mountain range. Forty kms (24 miles) east from Antalya on the coastal highway, turn north on the Konya road that snakes over the rugged mountains. An all-terrain vehicle is the only way to access the amazing nomadic families who live at Göktepe (Sky Summit!) at 2,300 metres (7,546 ft) - above the treeline and embracing the clouds. Akseki cheese is found in the village store and richly rewards the adventurous cheese lover on a mission.../../../../Shop/Entries/2011/7/17_Turkish_Cheese__An_Interview.html

A Shepherd’s Mantel
Apart from his wife, a mountain shepherd has one other vital soul mate. This is a special kind of cloak made from goat hair, known as a kepenek. It is bulky, lacks style or fashion appeal but is versatile enough to be worn as a raincoat, used as a pillow or becomes a snug coat. On a high altitude, starry-cold night, every shepherd cherishes this essential piece of kit.

by Suzanne Swan

Turkish Cheese 101
There are a variety of tasty alternatives when it comes to Turkish cheese. Many staples fill the breakfast tables in every Turkish home and there are also several regional celebrity cheeses of Turkey. Do you want to start exploring the world of Turkish cheese?../../../../Shop/Entries/2011/6/8_Turkish_Cheese_101.html