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Santorini is a very dry island and with high humid in the summer and very windy in the winter.
In addition to the magical view, Santorini is famous for its local products es special the wines.
If you look at the grape vines, you'll see that they are twisted into a low round basket shape,
in order to be more protected by the weather.
Other local products are the cherry tomato, capers, fava (split peas), fresh cheese, white aubergines, round courgettes and the katsouni( across between a cucumber and a melon).

Wines cultivated in small round baskets

Wines from Santorini

One of the most famous products on Santorini is the local wine.
The ideal conditions ( volcanic soil, high daytime temperatures and the humidity at the night ) have helped the locals produce 36 different kinds of grapes ( white & red ) which in turn lead to excellent wine production.
As you can see around the island the wines are cultivated in small low basket shaped nests lying close to the ground proteted against the strong winds.
The wines from Santorini are known world wide and are some of the best in the world.
Famous dry wines with a distinct aroma of citrus are Assyrtico, Nycteri, and Athiri.
Famous red wines Mavrotragano.
Famous sweet red dessert wines Visanto and Mezzo.
When you visit the island, don’t miss a visit to a winery where you learn about the history of wine, winemaking and production.At the end of the tour you can also do a litle wine tasting. 

Small cheery tomatos from Santorini

Cheery tomato

From the 18th up to 20th century it was the main production of the island. The were 13 factories on the island producing the famous tomato paste and exporting it.
After the terrible earthquake in 1956 many of the factories were destroyed. Today there is only a small industry with only one factory in operation.
This small cheery tomato is full of flavour with a touch of sweetness. You can also find it sundried in preserves.
It gives a unique taste to salads.

wild capers from Santorni


This is a wild shrub which grows even on the ciffs of the Caldera.
Not only te leaves butalso the blossoms are gathered. They have spicy taste and an intense aroma.
Capers used on salads, fish or other Greek dices dried or fresh.

Fava slit peas from Santorini

Fava Slit peas

The split peas from Santorini are of the variety of lethyrus clymenous that only grow here.
The difference from other slit peas is that they bare more tender, the aroma is frogrant and the flavour is concentrated. The slit peas are sundried and in Santorini they can be served it with onion, pork and as a soup.

Horo tiri from Santorini

Fresh Cheese (hloro tiri)

The locals also produce their own cheese but usually only for the household.
Made from fresh goat’s milk, the hloro is creamy and has a light sour taste.


Round courgette from Santorini

White aborigine from Santorini

White aborigine (eggplant) , round courgette and katsouni.

These three vegetable grow only here on the island.
The aubergine is white and doesn’t have the bitterness of the purple kind. It has a sweet taste and has only a few seeds.
The katsouni is like a type of cucumber. Katsouni, as the local call it, has a fresh juicy taste and few seeds.
The different between the round Santorini courgette from the others is that it has fewer seeds and its shape.
It is worth trying all the local produce grow here with a lot of work and love. 

Local special disces

Tomatokeftedes local dishes from Santorini

Tomatokeftedes (tomato pancakes)

For 4-6 serves
4 tomatoes, finely chopped
2 spring onions, finely chopped
1 tablespoon parsley, finely chopped
2 tablespoon fresh spearmint, finely chopped
a pinch of dried oregano
1 cup of plain flour or add little bit more it depends how juicy the tomatoes are.
1 teaspoon baking powder
salt & pepper
olive oil for frying.

In a bowl, mix the flour with the baking powder, tomatoes, onions and the herbs. Stir constantly until everything is combined.
Form into little balls.
Heat olive oil in a pan and deep-fry them until golden.
Place on a kitchen paper to absorb excess oil. Enjoy!!

Local recipes Fava from Santorini

Fava (yellow split pea puree)

For 6-8 serves
500gr. Spit peas from Santorini
1 onion
½ cup of olive oil
1 onion finely chopped
Salt & pepper
Juice of 1 lemon

First, wash the fava and place them in a pot cover with water and boil.
Add the quartered onion, a little salt, half of the olive oil and let simmer for an hour until the mixture has the consistency of a thick porridge.
Remove from heat, pass through a food mill until pureed.
Add more salt, lemon juice, finely chopped onion and remaining olive oil.

Local sweets

Koufeto local sweet for weddings from Santorini


A special sweet from Santorini and the nearly island. Koufeto is prepared from blanched almonds boiled in syrup from local honey.
It is the traditional sweet for weddings. It is served on plattes and everyone is treated to a spoonful of this sweet. It's offered first to the newlyweds so their new life together will be sweet like honey.

Melitinia local Easter sweet from Santorini


Traditional Easter sweet from Santorini. Shaped like a small tart, the filling is made from fresh unsalted myzithra cheese (like ricotta). To flavour the filling, mastic, cinnamon, orange or vanilla are used or a combination of everything. Nowhere else will you find this unusually sweets shaped like small stars.