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The natural products of Crete

Crete ● 26 June 2017
 

The Cretan cuisine is famous all over the world for its fine ingredients, the extraordinary taste of its dishes and its beneficial effects to the human health and well-being. Strongly connected to the Cretan cuisine are the natural, traditional products of Crete, which you can buy from the local shops all over the island and take back home the aroma of your unforgettable vacations in Crete. Thus, you can enjoy the Cretan and Greek cuisine and have the benefits of the Mediterranean diet all year long.

Cretan barley rusks

Barley rusks are considered to be Greek superfoods thanks to the barley flour, which includes vitamin B, selenium, phosphorus, silicone and chromium, keeps the bowels working properly and fights cellulite. The Cretan rusks are crispy, delicious and nutritious, and you can find them in many sizes and with a variety of ingredients, such as carob, wheat and whole grain barley.

Barley rusks

Thyme honey

Honey is also a superfood and one of the most popular Greek products. Thyme honey from the White Mountains, which is a region with rare endemic species of plants and animals, has unique taste and aroma. high nutritional value, antiseptic properties, and it is perfect for your breakfast, desserts as well as for your tea and your savoury-sweet dishes.

Tsikoudia

Tsikoudia or raki is the local version of tsipouro, an alcoholic, grape-based beverage with 40-60% alcohol. Tsikoudia is home-produced in the villages of Crete, and typically, each Cretan village has one or two residents that are licensed to distil and produce tsikoudia. It is served cold, and it is offered as an aperitif after meal.

Tsikoudia

Carob coffee

Carob coffee is the alternative that Crete can offer to those, who love coffee, but they can't drink regular coffee. Carob coffee has no caffeine, is sweet and includes a variety of antioxidants, known as flavonoids, which are included also in the green tea.

Snail delicacies

Fried snails are one of the most popular dishes of the Cretan cuisine. If you want to savour snails at any time of the year, you can buy in Crete jars with snails and olive oil, which offer you the possibility to cook gourmet creations.

Flavoured sugar or salt

Flavoured sugar or salt is a culinary trend that combines the main ingredient with delicious aromas of herbs, flowers and fruits. The high gastronomic experience of the producers in Crete has created these culinary miracles that can be found in Cretan shops with gourmet products for those, who search for something totally different and unique.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Heraklion, Greece Olympic Hotel
Olympic Hotel
43, Kornarou Square, Heraklion Town, 71201 Heraklion, Greece

Being located on well known Kornarou Square in the very heart of Heraklion, Hotel Olympic offers year-round accommodation within walking distance to all the sights and the center of the lively and bustling city of Heraklion. The distance from the main port of Heraklion is 2 km, while the international airport Nikos Kazantzakis is at 5 km.

Appartment in Heraklion, Greece Matala Dimitris Villa and Hotel
Matala Dimitris Villa and Hotel
Matala, 70200 Heraklion, Greece

Located 12 km from the ancient city of Phaestos, family-run Dimitris Villa Hotel is on the coast of Messara bay, surrounded by trees, just 8 minutes from Matala beach.

Appartment in Agios Nikolaos, Greece The Traditional Homes of Crete
The Traditional Homes of Crete
Mavrikiano, 71202 Agios Nikolaos, Greece

Combining rustic and modern features, The Traditional Homes of Crete are situated in the peaceful village of Mavrikiano, just a 5-minute walk from the center of Elounda and from Elounda Beach. Nikos Kazantzakis International airport in Heraklion is at 70 km. The port in Agios Nikolaos town with a ferry connection to Piraeus, Athens is at 10 km.


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