FOOD > Patent request for simit stirs new Turkish-Greek tension

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A move to obtain a patent for simit by the Istanbul Simit Sellers Chamber has drawn a bad reaction in Greece, daily Hürriyet reported today.

Istanbul Simit Sellers Chamber Chairman Zeli Sami Özdemir applied to obtain the patent for simit, a bagel-like pastry, but has met opposition from Greece, where daily Eleftheros Typos wrote that a new round in the Turkish-Greek debate over the ownership of food had begun following kardak and baklava.

The newspaper also said simit had been known since before Christ and was a popular food in Istanbul and Thessaloniki during Byzantine times. There are still many simit sellers along the Greek-Albanian border, the daily said.

In ancient times, mothers in Epirus told their sons that “I hope you will be a simit seller in Istanbul,” the newspaper said.


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Mark Bonderuk

6/23/2012 7:41:33 PM

The Turks have problems with all their neighbors, the Greeks, the Arabs, the Armenians, the Bulgarians ......


6/6/2012 3:49:41 AM

My dictionary states that the words baklava and yogurt have Turkish origins yet in the US many claim them to be Greek foods. It must be the case that Greeks like Turks so they named them as such?

john albay

5/24/2012 12:26:53 PM

The greeks who hate anything Turkish will always cause trouble if they can! If you are in greece they call Turkish coffee greek coffee,in the greek occupied zone of cyprus they call Turkish deleight cyprus deleight etc.etc. Food is food and it should be left out of politics.Food is to be eaten not patented.

Juan Villar

5/17/2012 2:56:25 PM

Slight problem. Under the patent law, you cannot patent anything that has been known or in use more than one year prior to the date of filing. Unless this is some new kind of magic simit that grants eternal life, substitutes for Viagra, or can fix this damn computer, I don't see anything close to a baklava's chance in hell of getting a patent grant.

Harry Foundalis

4/6/2012 12:51:35 PM

Ha ha! :-) Another fierce Greco-Turkish battle! :-) I wish all of them are of this kind, now and ever. However, those in the picture don't look like the ones we have in Greece. Can't there be some compromise on the basis of look/taste/composition?

Rimon Tree

4/6/2012 12:46:41 PM

That silly quarrel about the food again! No matter where it comes from, for me it is Turkish and I love it. By the way, in Byzantine times there was no such thing as "Istanbul", it was Konstantinopel (until 1453 as is well known!)

Michael Wray

4/6/2012 11:52:20 AM

I doubt that last paragraph, since it wasn't called "Istanbul" in ancient times.

mistique holland

4/6/2012 10:55:36 AM

It is a fact that the Greeks, than called "Rum" lived in the ottoman empire, now known as Turkey. In my opinion all the food is Turkish, the Simit, baklava, koftes, kardak, cheese, etc. etc. and they deserve the patent on all this food ...
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