Turkish Sweet Turnip Juice (Salgam)
It has a strange but interesting aroma that is not at all bad. In fact I felt drawn to smell several more times trying to put a name on the unexpected yet familiar complex aroma. It reminds me of a bologna sandwich on white bread with overpowering hints of celery.
If you are not used to this kind of drink, I will say that it is probably much more of an acquired taste.
Şalgam is a popular beverage from southern Turkey’s cities of Adana and Mersin. Although the Turkish word şalgam literally means “turnip,” şalgam is actually made with the juice of red carrot pickles, salted, spiced, and flavoured with aromatic turnip (çelem) fermented in barrels with the addition of ground bulgur. It is traditionally served cold in large glasses with long slices of pickled carrots, called tane (or in some accents, dene.) Hot paprika relish is added just before drinking. Hot or regular, it is a popular drink with Adana kebab.
Şalgam is often served with rakı (alcoholic beverage)–not mixed, but rather in a separate glass. While Şalgam is commonly used to cure hangovers, consuming excess amounts may cause bloating.