In the modern world, processed almond is widely used as a flavor inside a piece of chocolate or cake but fresh almonds taste completely different for me. Almond trees are widely available on the Aegean coast of Turkey where a small resort called Datça is famous for almonds and fresh almond products. Maybe for that reason, almond on ice is a well-known street food, generally served around meyhanes (Turkish taverns), pubs or restaurants especially in Istanbul.
It’s a snack to go with beer, or a meze (cold starter) to go with rakı and is not served by the restaurant itself but should be bought from street sellers. These fresh almonds are left in water for a few hours and served on ice to peel easily. It’s my favorite when enjoying rakı with friends and it generally sits on table till the end of dinner. You can easily find a seller on Nevizade street, which is full of Turkish taverns and once there give it a try and you will not regret it!