The natural products of Crete
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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.

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.


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 Chania, Greece Akasti Hotel
8.4 10
Akasti Hotel
Kalamaki, 73100 Chania, Greece

Akasti Hotel is located in Kalamaki, Chania, just a 5-minute walk from Kalamaki beach. Chania Town is approximately a 10-minute drive away. Souda Port is 13.8 km away while Chania International Airport is 19 km away.

Hotel in Heraklion, Greece Castello City Hotel
9.5 10
Castello City Hotel
1, 62 Martyron Avenue, Heraklio Town, 71304 Heraklion, Greece

Castello City Hotel is located close to the center of the Heraklion town, the ancient Pantokrator Gate and near bus and taxi stations. The distance from the main port of Heraklion is 2,5 km and Nikos Kazantzakis airport is at 6 km. Castello City Hotel is just a short walk from Heraklion beach.

Hotel in Heraklion, Greece Arolithos Traditional Cretan Village
Arolithos Traditional Cretan Village
11th km of old road Heraklion-Rethimnon, Tílisos, 71500 Heraklion, Greece

The Arolithos Traditional Village Hotel is located in a complex of buildings representing traditional Cretan village 12 km away from Heraklion. The distance from the Nikos Kazantzakis airport in Heraklion is 15 km. The distance from the beach is 5 km.


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