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Aegina Fistiki Fest- The Pistachio Festival on Aegina

Aegina ● 01 December 2016
 

Pistachio is a unique product with long history, and it is known worldwide. It is a member of the cashew family and a good source of protein, calcium and many vitamins. Although pistachios contain many calories, there is strong evidence that their consumption is not associated with gain weight or obesity, and they lower the risk of heart disease. Next time you come for your vacation in Greece, remember to taste this delicious Greek product.

Pistachio

The place of origin of the wild ancestor of today's cultivated pistachio is Central Asia as well as Syria,  Turkey and Mesopotamia, and the Old Testament makes also reference to it. In the first centuries A.D., pistachios were cultivated in Syria, and they were believed to have pharmaceutical qualities and to be very tasty. We don't know when the pistachio came to Greece. Until the 19th century, there were no references to it, but between 1950 and 1960, its cultivation began to spread in Greece.

On Aegina, the first individual pistachio trees have found before 1896, but the spread of its cultivation was encouraged by Nikolaos Peroglou, who thought that this Greek product was worthwhile due to its high price. In 1994, the pistachio of Aegina entered the list of local Greek products with Protected Designation of Origin thanks to its fame with the name of the island and its unique flavour that is different from other places.

Pistachio tree

In 2008, a group of enthusiastic people, who had also the support of the Municipality of Aegina, created the Fistiki Fest, a major festive event, which wants to promote the cultivation of this unique product on Aegina and is one of the reasons to visit Aegina. It is the largest commercial and economic event in the area with more than 20,000 visitors. The visitors will find there sweet and salty gastronomic delicacies from pistachio as well as creations of pottery, jewellery, craft and arts in green and fuchsia colours, the colours of the pistachio.

Pistachio necklace

The festival offers its visitors numerous possibilities of culture and entertainment. Many famous Greek singers and composers participate in the Opening Ceremony, and on the island, you can also find artistic exhibitions as well as interactive games for the children.

Apart from the festival, Aegina is a beautiful island that is worth your visit. Only 1 hour by boat from Piraeus, you can visit it for a weekend, swim in its crystal waters, walk at its traditional port and explore its significant archaeological monuments such as the Temple of Aphaea.

Aegina

Where to Stay

Hotel in Aegina, Greece Ulrika Hotel
Ulrika Hotel
P. Grigoriou E', 18010 Aegina, Greece

Ulrika Hotel is located in Aegina, just 1 minute walk from the beach. Aigina Port is a 7-minute walk away. Agia Marina is 13 km away.

Hotel in Aegina, Greece Liberty II
Liberty II
Agia Marina, 18010 Aegina, Greece

Hotel Liberty II is located in the popular sea-side resort of Aegina, Agia Marina, just 3 minutes walk from the longest beach of the island. The main port of the island and the town is at 13.2 km. Aegina island can be easily reached with a ferry boat from Piraeus (Athens), or Agistri and Methana islands.

Hotel in Aegina, Greece Plaza Hotel
Plaza Hotel
4, Kazantzaki Str., Aegina Town, 18010 Aegina, Greece

Plaza Hotel is located in the centre of Aegina Town, just 1-minute walk from the beach. Aegina Port is a 4-minute walk away. Agia Marina is 13 km away.


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