In Turkey they say: when you see Çağla at the green grocer, spring has begun! Here, this green, furry fruit – which is actually an unripe almond – is very popular. But if you want to taste them, you have to be quick: çağla is only available for about a month!
Turkish people are mad about Çağla and really look forward to the (regrettably short) season when this special fruit is available again. Çağla is the unripe almond. The ripe almond – the nut – is called badem.
Çağla is said to have many health benefits. They are rich in potassium which helps regulating blood circulation. They contain vitamin E which has a positive effect on the heart and their contents of phosphorus and calcium are particularly good for the teeth and bones. They are also said to be beneficial against spring diseases like hay fever.
So, even if you are not a fan of the strange, quite sour taste, eating a handful of Çağla every day is definitely something to consider.
After purchase, all you have to do is wash them and they’re ready to eat. They’re usually eaten with a pinch of salt sprinkled over them.