The beginning of the red pepper harvest season in Hatay, Turkey

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Turkish farmers in the southern state of Hatay began harvesting red pepper fruits from their fields.

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In the districts of Antakya, Arsuz, Altinozu and Reyhanli, there are about 27 thousand dunums of agricultural land designated for the cultivation of red pepper “Capia”.

Red pepper has a unique aroma and is especially used in the production of sauces and seasonings used in food.

Hatay Agriculture and Forestry Director Ergun Çolaoglu explained that the region has very fertile soil suitable for year-round cultivation.

He said, “Capia pepper production is mostly carried out in the regions of Antakya, Arsuz, Altinozu and Reyhanli, and we expect the production of peppers from the mentioned regions to reach 61 thousand tons.”

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He pointed out that 90 percent of the capia pepper produced in the region is used in the production of the sauce.