Turkish Carrot Juice

When we were in Turkey we noticed juice bars everywhere serving up a purple mix, which we assumed was beetroot juice. Well, it turns out this was actually ‘fermented carrot juice’ made from a purple type of carrot and other tempting ingredients like bulgur wheat and hot pepper. When we saw a bottle in a supermarket we couldn’t resist trying it out, although after this taste test we’re not sure we’ll rush to buy another bottle!


  1. Andrea
    6th January 2008 at 6:25 pm #

    Strangely enough, I bought 2lbs of purple carrots at the Halifax Market in November. They’re tasty, though not really any different from orange carrots except that when you peel and dice them they turn your hands purple instead of orange.
    I’m not sure I’d go as far as to try Purple Carrot Juice though …hot, or not!

  2. Michael
    27th October 2008 at 12:17 am #

    I tried it in Adana Turkey and I love the stuff. They add American tobasco juice to it as well. Wow, what a spicy drink and good for you. I am just hoping I can find it in the States. -xoxo mikey

  3. claudia
    6th December 2008 at 12:09 am #

    Purple Carrot Juice from Costco – DELICIOUS!!!!!

  4. vernon
    27th July 2009 at 9:15 am #

    I’ve just sampled fermented carrot juice. I bought a small bottle of it in Altinkum. I am so glad that I bought a small bottle of it. It is vile! It smells vile and leaves a nasty after taste. The only thing in it’s favour is that it is cheap so folk tasting it for the first time will not have wasted a lot of money.

  5. TheTruth
    29th August 2009 at 7:21 pm #

    I am a Turkish guy and I used to drink fermented carrot juice (salgam as its Turkish name) since i was a child. I can tell it does so differ its taste between homemade ones and sold in markets. The most common brand sold in market (as i see in your video you are drinking ..) tastes and smells like sewer! i cant even drink it a little bit of it. if you want to try its taste, its famous region is middle east mediterrenean region (Adana, Mersin. esp.) If you have to buy it then try different brands. You can notice the taste between them. If its taste (and smell) is too salty or like sewer its not good.

  6. h.minhas
    9th July 2011 at 3:30 pm #

    i am from punjab (pakistan), we make a spicy drink from purple carrots in summer , it tasts great and is full of iron and vitamins, we call it KANGI , it is very common in our rural areas of punjab , it is home made , not availabe commeically .

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