ORHANIYE (KIZKUMU) | LOCAL PRODUCES
Orhaniye is a very self sufficient village and much is taken from the
land. The climate is the same as that of California and therefore
anything that can be grown there, can be grown in Orhaniye. In winter
the largest production is that of oranges and tangerines; in summer
everything from lettuce to potatoes to apricots also peanut is grown and sold. All year round oil production is prevalent. Many different types
of oil are produced including thyme, sage and bay leaf oil. However, the
main one is olive oil. Nowadays the oil is extracted by large machines
based in Datca. Previously, the olives were cooked in a large open oven
and then put in bags with water. The water was left to drain out and
when the oil rose to the top it was scooped out and bottled. In spring
time honey-making starts and across Orhaniye one can see many blue boxes
which are actually man-made bee hives. The bee hives are put near pollen
to encourage reproduction. When spring is over the bee hives are moved
to another warm place (for example Konya or Ankara) with new flowers and
pollen. The honey is finally collected in autumn, put in jars and sold.
In a good year about 25-30 kilos of honey can be produced from one box!
The honey and oil can be found for sale in the Erol Motel.