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This weekend’s Cultural Close-up comes from Istanbul, Turkey.

Street food in Turkey plays a big role in the lives of the locals. You can’t go too far in Istanbul, before coming across one of the street food vendors, selling everything from the world famous Döner Kabaps, to the lesser known savory pastries. But the most unique street food you’ll find in Istanbul is a roasted chestnut (or Kestane) – a sweet snack, similar to baked potato in texture with a nutty and sweet flavour.

Roasted chestnuts (kestane) in Istanbul, Turkey

Roasted chestnuts (kestane) in Istanbul, Turkey

Roasted chestnuts are sold by weight. Expect to pay about 4-5 Turkish Lira for about 100g.

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For more on travel in Turkey, visit  Turkey Travel Diary

Have you ever tried roasted chestnuts in Turkey? Or come across this snack somewhere else in the world?
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