ŞANLIURFA & PUNICA
From Local to Global…
Şanlıurfa, which has cradled our farms for four generations and our pomegranate orchard, is an ancient city that has hosted countless civilizations and cultures throughout human history. Göbeklitepe, in Şanlıurfa, considered the turning point in history for mankind, is the site of the Neolithic Revolution when the hunter-gatherer societies started settling down and cultivating the land around 9600BC.
Wheat, the representative cultigen of transition to settled life, is known to have been raised at Göbeklitepe, a site on the UNESCO World Heritage list, for the first time in history. Göbeklitepe’s importance is due to the fact that it is the first holy temple and thus the site of the first religion of mankind. The desire of a great number of people to live near this religious center and the lack of sufficient supplies had led them to start cultivating the land. It seems that, farming started as a result of settlement around a holy place.
Şanlıurfa, nurtured by numerous beliefs and cultures for 11.600 years, has reflected this richness in its eating and drinking habits. Punica is a modern time representative of the multicultural tradition of this ancient city, Şanlıurfa, which bears the cultural accumulation of all those past civilizations. Although Punica is the product of a particular local geography, it also makes a global contribution. Punica inspired by the versatile historical past of its birth place, aims to emphasize the sustainability and continuity of traditions, culture and life.