Istanbul eats: Kestane
We were wandering around Sultan Ahmet on our first morning, trying to orient ourselves and not look like wide-eyed tourists, when the nutty aroma of roasted chestnuts (kestane in Turkish) drew us to a street vendor.
The man we bought our chestnuts from charged 4 Turkish Lira per 100 grams. We noticed that prices varied; some carts were selling 150 gm for the same price or 100 grams for 3 TL. This is what all the carts look like:
And this is what our delicious chestnuts looked like while they were roasting.
And in the bag they went.
Though a couple were difficult to peel, the rest of our chestnuts (kestane) were divine. Hot, buttery and filling. They were just what we needed on that chilly morning.