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Istanbul, what spices to bring

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noonionplease | | Mar 11, 2010 12:11 PM

Hi!
In 2 weeks I'll be happily sightseeing Istanbul, and I would love to bring some nice spices. Basically, most of the common spices are available where I live, so I'm not so much interested of grabbing something as common as cumin or sumac (however definitely I'm gonna get vanilla beans and saffron as I expect those to be much cheaper there).
Do you know any more unusual spices that I should look for (eg. can I find myrtus somewhere?)
Can you recommend me any particular blends of spices - something typical for Turkey (let's say lke Garam Masala, Madras curry are for India etc) not the usual chicken or fish "spice". Thank you very much for your help!

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