women empowerment through jobs & education
“Hatun” is a Turkish name which was used to honor women during the Ottoman period (1301–1922). We chose this name to recognize the generations of hard-working Turkish women who have cultivated olives by hand and produced olive oil. We honor women farmers who account for 78% of the workforce in the Mt. Ida Region of Western Turkey through jobs and education opportunities.
Our social entrepreneurship mission supports women's equality by partnering exclusively with ISO Certified, dependable Turkish Fair-Trade Producers who are verified to employ a majority of women workers and provide fair working conditions. In return, HATUN, a U.S. based start-up offers scholarship opportunities to Turkish female students to pay tribute to regional women who make our journey possible.
Roasted Beet Hummus with HATUN EVOO
(Serves 4-6 people)
(1) roasted beet, (1) 15 oz. can cooked & drained chickpeas, Zest of (1) large lemon, Juice of 1/2 a large lemon, Healthy pinch salt and pepper, (2) large cloves of garlic, minced. (2) heaping tablespoon of tahini,
(1/4) cup HATUN Robust and/or Chili Pepper EVOO flavors topped with HATUN Sweet Garlic Fresh Crush Extra Virgin Olive Oil, roasted pine nuts or marcona almonds and anything else you think would make it look fun! Complement it with shepard salad, pita bread, kalamata olives, and feta cheese for fun!
stuffed grape leaves
Perfected by our very own Chief Culinary Officer, Eda Akarsu-Smith who enjoys cooking healthy foods and kickin it with her family. Be sure to follow Eda on IG @chez.eda to learn all about her inspiring Med-Cuisine.
Traditional Turkish Breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for Turks who can't start the day without it! If you dare to give this a try, make sure you prep at least a dozen of varieties to impress yourself at the very least!
You can begin with a cup of tea, olives, tomatoes, cucumber peppers, spices, seasonal herbs, homemade rolls, freshly squeezed juices, jams, cheeses, pastries (borek with spinach perhaps), omelettes, salami meats followed by Turkish Coffee Service, and of course Turkish coffee fortune reading.