Turkish grocer converts ‘priest plum’ into ‘imam plum’
DHA PhotoA plum species in central Turkey has been re-named by a local grocer, from “priest plum” to “imam plum” over Islamic concerns.
“According to the demand coming from our customers and because we were uncomfortable with it, we changed the name [of the plum species],” grocer Caner Topuz in the Kayseri province told Doğan News Agency on June 10, adding that they have been selling the fruit with the “Islamic” name for the past two years.
The “imam plum” is sold for 5 Turkish Liras per kilogram in Kayseri.
“Legend says that the original name of this plum was not ‘papaz’ [priest], but tapaz,” Topuz said.