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What is the plant that guests rub at Turkish restaurants?
1.       irishrose
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 28 May 2013 Tue 11:19 pm

2.       Faruk
1607 posts
 28 May 2013 Tue 11:28 pm

Is it in small pots and does it have small leaves? Then it must be basil. Otherwise, show us a picture

3.       irishrose
22 posts
 29 May 2013 Wed 04:48 am

Hello Faruk, yes, it looks like basil. But why do people rub the top of it? Is it for good luck? I have a Turkish friend who does this, but he couldn´t say where custom comes from. (I thought by rubbing the plant it releases the scent and keeps the mosquitoes away)?

4.       AlphaF
5677 posts
 29 May 2013 Wed 07:53 am

Try rubbing it yourself, then smell....See if you notice anything nice....You will !



Edited (5/29/2013) by AlphaF

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5.       Faruk
1607 posts
 29 May 2013 Wed 08:22 pm

 

Quoting irishrose

Hello Faruk, yes, it looks like basil. But why do people rub the top of it? Is it for good luck? I have a Turkish friend who does this, but he couldn´t say where custom comes from. (I thought by rubbing the plant it releases the scent and keeps the mosquitoes away)?

 

They rub it so its scent will be released. That´s it. There´s no superstition or anything.



Edited (5/29/2013) by Faruk

6.       JulianaJuliana
12 posts
 06 Sep 2013 Fri 11:59 am

If it is really basil, I´ve heard it is some aphrodisiac in Turkey and in Arab countries. So, they maybe want to be more attractive?))

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