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Cretan Gastronomy - Food and Drink - Kiss From The World - Travel and People Magazine - Kiss From The World

Cretan Gastronomy

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to travel to Crete, this beautiful island of Greece. I stayed there for four days and it was a great opportunity for me to relax, to see new places and to taste many local recipes, which really impressed me! Crete is famous for the delicacy of its local culinary recipes! The good weather and the fertile ground give a rich production of many local products of excellent quality! Of course, this is obvious in the region’s local cuisine!

Crete is a beautiful island, big, with rich ancient history and with its own special identity. The gastronomy of the island presents the same specialty, so those who visit the island appreciate the local cuisine and become fans and lovers of it!

Cretan gastronomy is based in principle on the very good quality of the local products. These products used as a raw material in cooking. Crete’s oil is considered as one of the best in the world. The island produces local cheeses, wines,  fresh vegetables and fruits, so it is no coincidence why the local gastronomy has grown, with such a production of local products!

Cretans love meat, especially lamb and goat. Most recipes are based on one of these two types of meat. They accompanies it with fresh greens, herbs , but also with rice or potatoes, depending on the recipe.

There is a large production of tasty and very good cheeses on the island, so they accompanied every dinner or meal with cheese. They also eat yogurt, which can be found in a very good quality in Crete.

For people who are non-meat-lovers, there are plenty of fish and seafood recipes in Crete. Also, Crete produces many vegetables, herbs and greens and for this reason many recipes have been developed based on these products. So even if you are not a meat-eating lover, you will find a lot of recipes to choose from!

In Crete they also love to cook snails! This is a local recipe, which most people enjoy, so it is popular on Cretan tables. I tried it too and it was delicious!

Salads on Crete are a basic dish, and combine seasonal vegetables in a special way. Those I tasted were fresh and very tasty, but I mostly liked the Dakos salad. In this salad, along with polluted nut, they serve small pieces of feta cheese, olives, salt, pepper and olive oil! The combination is really unique!

I especially loved the goat with potatoes in the oven, the saplings and the fried lamb liver. From the local sweets, everything I tried was very tasty!

Finally, concerning to spirits, the Cretan wines have very good quality and taste, but I love Cretan raki. It is a local alcoholic beverage, with transparent color , with a special taste, which is quite strong! Try it with caution!

As you can see from all the above and from the photos I have taken, the island of Crete is a unique gastronomical destination for food travelers!

For those who love the good quality food, the surprise in taste, the fresh and pure ingredients and the great quantities of serving, Crete is the ideal destination for a food tour! Be sure that you plan a visit in the future!

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Maria Athanssopoulos was born in the city of Tripoli, Greece, 1968. She has worked as a lawyer for almost 20 years. She writes interesting articles and takes photographs from the places she visits, since 2009. She run her own travel related web pages. She likes exploring new places and new cultures. She loves writing about her travel experiences. She also loves the art of photography. She has travelled almost all over Europe, but also in Turkey. Her plans for the future are to visit a lot more countries. Stay tuned!

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