Cheeses of Crete

Cretan Dairy Products Crete leads the word in cheese consumption. Cretans love cheese rather than milk. Many dishes of the traditional Cretan cuisine are based on local dairy products; however, in Crete cheese is eaten alone throughout the day either as accompaniment or as appetizer, main meze or desert, while the Cretan graviera topped with honey is everyone’s favourite breakfast or supper. Traditional farming methods rely on centuries-long experience. The only basic difference from... διαβάστε περισσότερα

Traditional cuisine of Crete

World-renowned for its ancient civilization and its unique natural beauty, Crete is Greece’s top tourism destination attracting more than two million visitors in the space of a year. Nevertheless, Crete boasts a significant productive population involved in the primary sector, chiefly in the production of oil, in the cultivation of vineyards and wine-making, in bio-dynamic agriculture (early vegetable production), in cattle breeding and in cheese making. The most significant products... διαβάστε περισσότερα

Mykonos dishes

Mostra Made of two of its most characteristic products, kopanisti and rusks, Mostra is one of the island’s best known mezedes. While spicy kopanisti was relished only by the locals and a few connoisseurs until recently, the Mykonos Dairy Factory (Tyrokomeio Mykonou) using modern packaging and marketing has succeeded in placing this exotic product in most city supermarkets. Rusks, though popular throughout Greece, remain humble. And yet for centuries ‘twice baked’ breads sustained not only... διαβάστε περισσότερα

Mykonos Dairy Factory

Kopanisti is made the traditional way by dozens of farmers, who often sell it to individuals or to little grocery stores. However, the island’s only authorized kopanisti cheese maker is the Koukas family who have opened an ultramodern plant at Palaiokastro in Ano Mera, where they use the milk from their herd of cows which is the largest (130 animals) in the Cyclades. Up to 2014 a significant amount of their velvety milk went to Tinos to produce Tinos graviera, but since then the family has reduced... διαβάστε περισσότερα

Mykonos Louza

One of the most interesting of the many Greek preserved meat products is the highly aromatic louza of Mykonos and its variations in the Cyclades. On Mykonos, louza is seasoned solely with allspice and savoury, which makes its taste more robust. On Tinos they use black pepper and an abundance of fennel seeds, while on Syros they make a blend of wine, black pepper, allspice, cinnamon and cloves. Traditionally, the preparation of louza on Mykonos took place at the end of an elaborate ritual, the annual... διαβάστε περισσότερα

Mykonos Kopanisti Cheese

Kopanisti, Mykonos‘ trademark spicy, peppery fermented cheese, has become one of Mykonos’s best known mezedes. This soft cheese, stored in brine, with its strong taste and creamy texture, which ranges in colour from white to pale beige, is also made on the neighbouring islands of Syros and Tinos from cow’s, ewe’s or goat’s milk or a mixture and has been awarded PDO status as a typical product of the Cyclades. Kopanisti is produced in the following way: Initially the milk is stirred... διαβάστε περισσότερα

Traditional cuisine of Mykonos

“Whoever finds the time to stay a few days on the island will taste other joys and other treats and other delicacies. Delicious pork, unique sausages and synglina and louzes, wonderful cheese, kopanisti, and the barley rusk, along with some good wine, in the company of the locals who know and eating and dining well and how to have a good time, buying each other drinks and singing, perhaps because since ancient times the god most worshipped on Mykonos was Dionysos. And today you find him everywhere,... διαβάστε περισσότερα

Gardoumia

Gardoumia is a special meze from lamb intestines that is made on the island of Naxos, just like in Crete; besides, the strong connections between the two islands are well-known. Meze holds a special place in the Greek culinary tradition and could be described as an appetizer, a treat to share with friends in a relaxed environment. Gardoumia is a popular dish among mountain and pastoral farming/shepherds’ communities where meat eating prevails. Although roasted meat is regarded as the king in their... διαβάστε περισσότερα

O Fournos tou Veloni (Velonis Bakery)

The wood-fired bakery of Velonis in Naxos Velonis Bakery (O Fournos tou Veloni) in the Chora of Naxos gives a courageous battle against developing trends and is one of those few bakeries left still making bread, delighting locals and travellers with the splendid smell of freshly baked bread spreading all around the neighbourhood. Wood-fired bakeries are becoming more and more scarce on the islands of the Cyclades. Little by little, the taste of the fluffy loaf of bread is vanishing. The people... διαβάστε περισσότερα

Vallindras Distillery

Kitron Naxou is a liqueur obtained by the distillation of pure alcohol in traditional copper stills. The leaves of the citron tree (citrus medica, kitria in Greek), reach in essential oils with a strong aroma, are the raw ingredient used in the distillation process and were originally used by wine growers in the distillation of raki. On the island of Naxos, the cultivation of citron trees dates back to the 17th century. In 1896 in Chalki, a village at the central semi-mountainous part of Naxos, Markos... διαβάστε περισσότερα