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Taramasalata

Simply delicious! Taramasalata is a favorite amongst locals and visitors. A traditional Greek dip, its creamy and smooth textures leave you wanting more and more each time. Just a fair warning, this is a fishy dip, so if you’re not big on that you can check out some of the other traditional Greek dips on our Blog.

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Greek traditional food: Halva or Semolina

When it comes to traditional Greek food Halva takes the cake. The Greek Halva or Semolina is a traditional dessert that is extremely popular during the Lenten period. A pudding-like dish, the Greek halva is a unique combination of body, sweetness, and fruity flavours. It can be eaten all year round and is an ideal dessert for vegans and vegetarians – as it’s egg-free and dairy-free.

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Crete: Everything you need to know about Raki or Tsikousia

 In Italy it’s called Grappa, in Spain, it’s referred to as Oruja, and in the country of Georgia, it’s called Chacha. On the Greek island of Crete, it goes by Raki.

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Cyprus traditional food: Samali or Kalon Prama

When talking about traditional foods of Cyprus, Kalon Prama or Samali has to be mentioned. The traditional dessert made in Cyprus combines everything your pallet would want from a dessert. The sweet, soft, crunchy, moist semolina cake is made eggless, with sheep’s milk yogurt, flavored with matsiha (mastic), all that bathed in syrup. This isn’t the only dessert that utilizes syrups, and how they change texture and flavor to something unique and delicious. In fact,  Greeks love sweet sticky desserts so much so, that there is an entire class of desserts called Siropiasta – which loosely translates to syrupy, or syrup-soaked.

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Cyprus traditional food: Kolokoti

Simply put, a Kolokoti is a scrumptious pumpkin pie made with diced pumpkin, raisins, wheat, olive oil and raisins. The almost ‘calzone-like’ pastry is seasoned with cinnamon. Especially popular amongst the locals, these delicious pies are made in every single bakery on the island; available 24 hours every day.

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Cyprus traditional food: Anari Cheese

Famous for its world-renowned and locally favored Halloumi Cheese, Cyprus has a lot more tricks up its sleeve when it comes to cheese making and other traditional foods. You can eat it as a dessert; it is usually served at taverns with honey. It is used for bourekia – a homemade flaky pastry that is filled with Anari cheese. It is used on pasta (dry or fresh) instead of Greek cheeses. Essentially it is an all-around, versatile cheese that can be used for almost anything, and enjoyed anywhere.

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5 traditional foods to try in Crete

Crete has one of the oldest and most delicious gastronomic traditions in the world. Inspired by the history of Greece, it offers unique and special takes on traditional Greek foods. It’s a combination of fresh ingredients prepared simply, yet extremely flavourful and healthy as a diet for anyone to enjoy. Today we’ve summed up the top 5 traditional dishes you must try during your next visit to one of Greece’s island gems, Crete.