Commercially introduced by us in the U.S.!
Phonetically pronounced: kuh-peck high-ya-suh
This is an old Turkish heirloom from Alakır Basin of Western Taurus Region, Turkey. Once widely grown in the region, Köpek Hayası almost became extinct until, in early 2000’s, seeds for it were recovered by Birhan Erkutlu and Tuba Günal from an eco-village in France. Large, meaty fruits have excellent flavor and develop dark green shoulders which eventually fades into red as the fruits ripen. Plants are prolific and many fruits weigh around 1 lb. This is a multi-purpose, mid-season variety that can be used for fresh-eating, canning, and making sauces and paste.
Seeds for Köpek Hayası were originally sent to us by Volkan Yalazay, an heirloom gardener from Çanakkale, Turkey.
Packet has 20 seeds