To be honest, when I first arrived in Turkey, I saw a glass bottle larger than a plastic bucket for drinking water. I was connected to a few hoses. I really don't know what this is.
Even asking Turkish friends, I realized that this is a hookah for pumping smoke, and it feels very fresh.
Because the hookah that I saw from my grandfather's generation was copper, and it was very small and could be held in my hand. I have never seen a hookah like Turkey.
In fact, hookah is also an 'imported' for the Turks and is imported from foreign countries.
It was first prevalent in ancient India. At first, Indians smoked cocoa shells (Some people say it is coconut shell)They smoked through the straw.
The Arabs quickly learned and named it 'naltier', but they did not smoke cocoa shells and changed to cocoa.
Later, it spread to Persia and Turkey, and the Turks began to smoke from the 16th century.
The tools needed for the hookah to smoke the hookah are the kind mentioned above called 'nalgilai '(
Nargile, apparently born out of Arabic)Big bucket.
They are generally conical or cylindrical, divided into upper and lower layers, with water in the bottom layer, tobacco leaves and charcoal fire in the top metal smoke pot, straight pipes in the middle, and several hoses around the pot, a straight pipe and cigarette holder are installed on the hose head. The smoker holds the straight pipe part and sucks in the smoke filtered by water through the cigarette holder.
There are also several kinds of hookah. The above one is for many people to smoke together.
There are also hookah for one person, which is small.
In addition to glass, the hookah can also be made of porcelain or metal (Such as brass)
Made of Bohemian crystal or Chinese ceramics.
The smoke pot is generally made of copper or clay, and the cigarette holder is made of ceramic or stone material.
In the past, the hookah used in Osman's palace was a pot made of crystal, a smoke pot made of gold or silver, and the hose was inlaid with various gems, which was very elegant, it can also be seen in the topkapo Palace Museum in Istanbul.
Special tobacco is just like drinking tea with tea ceremony, and absorbent tobacco also has 'flue'. The whole production process takes several hours.
First of all, the tobacco leaves originated in Iran, called 'tumbeck', should be chopped and soaked in water for one night, then fished out, covered with a wet towel and put for a period of time, this process is called 'moisturizing', and this is the key to the quality of tobacco.
When smoking, put the prepared tobacco into the copper pot at the top of the smoking pot, and then you can smoke it.
Absorbent smoke is like a smoking pipe. Inhale with the diaphragm and suck the smoke into the stomach instead of the chest. The smoked smoke is first filtered by water so that harmful substances will not be directly inhaled into the body.
Therefore, although the nicotine contained in tumbeck tobacco is 5-
10 times, due to the filtering effect of water, its harm is much smaller.
Turkey's best tumbeck is produced in the Hadim district of Hatay and Konya, and is now in competition with Arab countries.
Yembeck tobacco imported from Egypt is made of fermented fruit, with the taste of apple, almond, strawberry, banana, mint, etc. , which is very popular among young people.
A good place to smoke hookah during the Ottoman period, hookah was once very popular. There were special places for people to smoke in cafes. In addition, there were special smoking halls.
At present, the number of people smoking hookah has been greatly reduced, but in some cafes or teahouses, people who often meet in twos and threes can gather beside the hookah, smoking hookah, relaxing and chatting.
If you want to try Turkish hookah, I'll tell you the best place to go, which is a place called 'pine forest slope' in Istanbul's Asian part.
That is a hill which is 267 high and covered with pine trees. You can see the Sea of Marmara and the Bosphorus from afar. There are many marble seats and a coffee house on the Hill, it is available for tourists to taste tea, drink coffee and absorb smoke. During the Byzantine period, the emperor rested here after hunting.
But the sultans of the Ottoman Empire were not interested in it, so it was abandoned.
It was not until the Sultan Machut period that this place became a good summer resort for the royal nobles. When it came to Sultan Abdul Hamit II, it became the fourth largest summer resort in Istanbul.
Now it is still one of the places tourists like to visit.