Chestnut Honey of Beykoz
Evliya Çelebi states that “pleasure seekers” from Istanbul came to the Akbaba Village, raised tents, had nice conversations and that these conversations were called “chestnut and cherry feast”. These feasts sometimes took two or three months. The sticks cut from the tall chestnut trees of the village were used to make handles for pickaxes and shovels, basket and chest circles and these were sold to special customers in Istanbul. The presence of chestnuts caused beekeeping to start in the nearby farms. The chestnut honey that was produced became famous all around the country. This tradition is still carried on in the Akbaba Village. Around 200 producers and ten thousand hives are present in the village. Around 15 tons of honey is produced. 1.5 tons of that honey is the famous Akbaba chestnut honey.