The economy of Trabzon is still largely agricultural. The principal products are tobacco, hazelnuts and tea.Black Sea Polenta (Kuymak), which is prepared with butter, stringy low-fat cheese, and cornmeal, and Black Sea Anchovy (hamsi) are specialities of the local cuisine that incidentally make a great contribution to the local economy.
Trabzon forms a bridge between Caucasia, Central Asia and the west, and plays an important role in trading. Trabzon also attracts many tourists, and its modern port facilities and airport provide easy access. The Karadeniz (Black Sea) Technical University gives the city a modern outlook.