While Cappadocia is famous for its wine grapes, special grapes are also grown for the production of raisins (kuru üzüm). Grapes are dried under hot Cappadocian sun and are widely used in many local dishes and desserts. Take some raisins home as a souvenir from Cappadocia, and you will remember its abundant sunny valleys while chewing on this delicious source of vitamins and calories during winter months. October is also the time when local people cook delicious grape syrup pekmez. The fruit has to be boiled down for several hours over an open fire and is then used in many desserts and sweet treats.