Over the last couple of weeks we looked and yogurt and Turkish coffee and their use in everyday Turkish idioms.

This week we have found a few of the many proverbs that have fruit and nuts as their focus.

Turkey is justifiably famous for producing vast quantities of both, so it’s hardly surprising that they appear in many traditional sayings.

Turkey: a cornucopia of fruit and nuts

Walnuts, melons, figs, nuts… all have a place in Turkish culture and the literal meanings of the proverbs uncover much about daily life throughout Anatolian history.

Fruity sayings

Bir koltuğa iki karpuz sığmaz.”

One cannot carry two watermelons under one arm

Turkish proverbs 3: fruit and nuts

Warning against doing more than one thing at a time.

Incir cekirdegini doldurmaz.”

It won’t fill a fig seed

Used to express the insignificance of someone’s point in an argument.

Turkish proverbs 3: fruit and nuts

Ceviz kabugunda firtina.”

Storm in a walnut shell

A Fuss about nothing, like a storm in a teacup.

Meyve, agacinin dibine duser.”

Turkish proverbs 3: fruit and nuts

The tree bearing fruit gets stones thrown at it

Only a productive person trying to do new things gets criticized.

Sabır acıdır, meyvesi tatlıdır.”

Turkish proverbs 3: fruit and nuts

Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet

Waiting is difficult but the results are worth waiting for.


Next week: proverbs about animals