Bartın Fig Frozen Dessert

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Bartın İncir Donduma Tatlısı

Bartın Fig Frozen Dessert stands as a cherished gastronomic emblem of the region, tracing its roots from antiquity to the present day, crafted with reverence for tradition. Ideally concocted with buffalo milk, dried figs, butter, water, and sugar, this delicacy, lovingly prepared by Bartın’s women during the summer months, holds a place of honor on Ramadan tables. Esteemed for its lightness, it ranks among the few desserts suitable for immediate consumption after a meal. Moreover, it boasts qualities that not only spare one from indigestion but also offer fortification against weakness, serving as a noteworthy wellspring of protein and vitamins.

While figs typically thrive in Mediterranean and Aegean climes like İzmir, Aydın, Muğla, Manisa, Antalya, and along coastal regions such as Bartın, this city nestled in Turkey’s Western Black Sea region boasts an environment conducive to fig cultivation. Employing time-honored agricultural practices, local farmers diligently tend to their orchards, yielding fresh and dried fruits that grace nearby markets. Blessed with conditions favoring both figs and the Anatolian water buffalo—a breed synonymous with the region—Bartın emerges as the natural home for the revered Bartın Fig Frozen Dessert, a culinary legacy passed down through generations of Bartın women wielding ancestral expertise.

An essential ingredient in crafting Bartın Fig Frozen Dessert is the milk of the Anatolian water buffalo, a breed distinguished by its suitability for wetlands due to comparatively weak sweat glands. However, caring for and raising these majestic creatures poses greater challenges than with other domestic cattle species. Sadly, the widespread embrace of industrialized livestock farming, coupled with the ensuing decline in water buffalo populations, threatens the continuity of this cherished tradition. As modern production methods increasingly prioritize efficiency over heritage, traditional delights like Bartın Fig Frozen Dessert—originally crafted for home enjoyment—find themselves relegated to the periphery of commercial offerings. Hence, the very essence of Bartın Fig Frozen Dessert, along with the time-honored techniques that birthed it, faces an uncertain future, imperiled by disappearing.

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Karadeniz Bölgesi

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Nominated by:Batı Karadeniz Kalkınma Ajansı (İbrahim Furkan BEKTAŞ)