In the villages around Mersin, women dry their peppers on a string in the sun. Then they add salt and put them though a mill, whole. Sometimes they're dried on a sheet in the fields. I buy a commercial variety in a jar which isn't quite the same, but works better than not having any at all. I get it where I get all my other Turkish stuff, on Tulumba.com.
So I'm off to stuff some eggplants... check these sites out for more ideas.
Turkish Hot Pepper Paste - Biber Salcasi
Turkish pepper paste: Magic in a bottle