On 14 May 2018 students from our Gastronomy and Culinary Arts Department and the Gastronomy Club visited BATEM (Western Mediterranean Agricultural Research Institute) within the scope of the Agricultural Production course. BATEM is one of the regional public research institutes under the governance of the General Directorate of Agricultural Research and Policies and it is affiliated with Republic of Turkey Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock.  At BATEM, we were welcomed by the technical assistant manager Mr Ali Öztop, training unit manager Mr Metin Kaya and two agricultural engineers Dr Seyla Tepe and Elvan Ararat. First we were given a brief history about BATEM, its foundation as well as the research areas of BATEM. Following this, we strolled around their orchards including citrus trees (lemon, orange, grapefruit, mandarin and Kumquat), avacado, loquat (japanese plum) and pecan trees and were informed about these trees and their cultivation and growing conditions. At the end of our visit we were allowed to pick some delicious loquat (Japanese plum) and Kumquat from the trees!