Elma çaya, also known as green apple tea, is a popular drink that is served in Turkey. It can be served hot or cold, but either way it’s delicious and a good alternative to the usual coffee or tea.
Although I do wonder if it’s something they like to serve mainly to children or tourists (in addition to Turkish coffee, I’m not going to argue against it because I like it!
It tastes exactly like apple and it has a sweet, yet tart flavour. Even though it’s a simple crystallized sugar mix, it mimics green apple flavours quite well. It’s like biting into a fresh apple, only in complete liquidized form.
While I was in Turkey, green apple tea was served in many hostels, hotels and restaurants. It was especially welcoming in the morning when it was served with a yummy Turkish breakfast which is chock full of meats, breads and fruits. The best part about drinking this tea is if you don’t like it that sweet, you can reduce the amount of sugar crystals you add into it.
They even sold these at the airport, which I think demonstrates just how popular this drink is. When in Rome…or in this case Turkey, have some Turkish green apple tea. 🙂