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Agonya is the famous Turkish tobacco from the Sea of Marmara district of Yenice (pronounced Yenidje in Turkish) which lies to the southeast of Canakhale. This is the anciently famous area of Troy or Illium, south of Hellespont. The Hamdibey or Agonya district plants the Agonya seed, a Kabakulak variety of Xanthi origin (the first Yenidje of legend).
Agonya leaves are wide, fine-textured and oval with bare stems. The taste is mellow, the fragrance subtle. When the Greeks followed Helen to Troy, they were after booty, but they were a few centuries too early to share this elegant treasure. How might a round of calming agreeable bowls of Yenice Agonya have changed history?
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