Gastronomy of Santorini
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Until the 1960’s, since the island of Santorini had electrical power and before its’ development as a touristic attraction, the islands and Santorini in particular needed to live in self-sufficiency so their nutritional habits remain the same as they were for centuries before.
A historical view in gastronomy of Santorini
Fishing, bird hunting, pig and sheep raising and making good use of tomato, kapari and fava. The volcanic ground endowed Santorini with a great variety of vegetables (white aubergines, small zucchinies, local dry cucumbers), kapari and fava that all have in common the very intense and exquisite flavor.
A challenge for local people was the perservation of food through the year, which was achieved by making salty food, cheese, rusk and tomato paste. The hard part for the households was to produce something tasteful with the limited materials that they had and their imagination.
Until that time the locals were basically fed with barleybread which were kneaded and baked once a month due to lack of firewood in the island.
Nowadays, in Santorini you can find unique agricultural products, original restaurants with both national and international awards, cosy taverns with local delicacies, wineries open to the public with amazing winetastings, cooking lessons and gastronomic sites to visit make up an unforgettable scenery of unique gastronomic experience.
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Traditional recipes of Santorini
Santorini island is a great opportunity for you to taste some unique Mediterranean dishes made with passion from people who love their place and its local products. We have some suggestions for you to order during your vacations in Santorini:
Kopania: cookies made from barley and raisins
Koyfeto: roasted almond with honey, it is a usual wedding treat in Greece.
Melitina: a traditional Easter treat, it is made from mizithra, sugar and mastic.
Mpakaliaros Xelouristos: non cooked haddock i little pieces. It is usually served with Greek salad.
Santorini’s Pudding: a sweet made of semolina and milk.
Skordomakaronada: past with garlic and fresh tomato.
Sfougato: omellete with potatoes and pumpkin.
Traditional products of Santorini
Wine of Santorini:
Santorini has a long tradition in viticulture, at least 3500 years. Its unique climate combined with the composition of soil has as a result some great wine varieties that are wide known around the world.
Split peas of Santorini:
The split peas of Santorini or fava is famous for its uniqueness to Santorini. Fava is one of the oldest products of Santorini along with the grape and ancient remains have been found in archaeological excavations. The size of the Fava is like a tall chalice in bright yellow color.
Cherry tomatoes of Santorini:
Santorini’s cherry tomato is a special agricultural product with a special history. Its variety comes from Egypt and found in Santorini the ideal anhydrous environment to grow. The way he first came to Santorini is lost in the legend. Some people want the Santorini tomato to be given to a monk and quickly spread among the growers of the island.