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Sausage

Thrace

Sausage

Sausage is a traditional commodity in Greece. There are many different varieties and tastes particular to each region. In Thrace beef sausage is the most characteristic. It is found especially in Eastern Thrace which has plentiful pastureland for cattle. Generally they have a low percentage of fat, which makes the difference in taste, and is often compared to Eastern sausage. It is often made with leek, garlic, cumin, red pepper flakes for a spicy taste but also available in less seasoned varieties.

Corinthian Currant – Protected Designation of Origin

Peloponnese

Corinthian Currant – Protected Designation of Origin

The Corinthian Currant (Vitis vinifera) is a variety of small, sweet, seedless grape named after the city of Corinth in the Peloponnesus.  When dried, the fruit is referred to as Corinthian Currants  and are used in cooking, especially baking. The main categories are: “Vostizza” or “Gulf” and “Provincial”. The “Vostizza” is a Protected Designation of Origin product since 1993 and is considered an excellent quality Corinthian Currant distinguished for its aroma and unique flavor.

Delicious Pilafa Apples from Tripoli – Protected Designation of Origin

Peloponnese

Delicious Pilafa Apples from Tripoli – Protected Designation of Origin

The “Delicious Pilafa Apples” are red-golden in color and known for a delicious and aromatic flavor, which is not too sweet. The skin of the apple is yellow-green while, the part exposed to the sun, is red. They are white fleshed, with a cohesive texture. The apples gathered in late October and available until June. The cultivation of the apples in Arcadia began in 1940. Today it is a Product of Designation of Origin produced in Tripoli, Arcadia.

The “Delicious Pilafa Apples” are served as a table fruit, as well as a flavorful ingredient in cooking, baking with raisins, apple pies and pastry.

Oranges from Laconia

Peloponnese

Oranges from Laconia

The Oranges of Laconia ripen faster than other varieties in Greece and their juice is exceptionally sweet.  The oranges are known for  excellent quality, color, aroma and taste. The varieties include Cuttee Valencia, Campell Valencia, Olinda Valencia, Frost Valencia and Inegimgong. The peel of the oranges is moderately thick, fairly glossy and firmly attached t  the flesh. The Oranges of Laconia  are juicy with a sweet taste and are served as table fruit, as well as used for juice.

Salt pork from Arcadia

Peloponnese

Salt pork from Arcadia

Pasto Arkadias (Salt pork of Arcadia), is a traditional delicacy with an age-old method of preserving meat .Prepared red pork meat is boiled and placed in a terracotta container, which is covered with a thick layer of fat. Traditionally, the container is covered with a piece of cloth and secured with a rock for preservation into summer. Preserving pork meat is a custom dating from antiquity and in Byzantine writings, there are many references to the preparations of salted meat.

Formaela cheese from Arachova – Protected Designation of Origin

Central Greece

Formaela cheese from Arachova – Protected Designation of Origin

Formaela Cheese of Arachova is only available locally but famous throughout Greece. A semi hard Parnassos cheese which is pale, slightly salty, milky yet spicy, it has a sweet-smelling aroma. It is a Protected Designation of Origin product and made in  Arachova of Parnassos in the Prefecture of Viotia from goat or sheep’s milk or a blend of both. It is served grilled or fried forming a crust.

Kavourma

Thrace

Kavourma

Kavourma (cooked/preserved meat)  is a sausage which literally means “roasted”. The word is of Turkish origin, from “kavourma”, which means roasting. It is a traditional meat product with a special taste due to its manufacturing process but also because of its high nutritional value, which justifies its price. It consists of boiled pieces of meat (kid, buffalo, sheep or beef, depending on the region) mixed with the broth and cooked with spices in the animal’s fat.  It is eaten raw, cut into small pieces or added to recipes giving its special taste to pies, omelets etc..It is also made at home and preserved in the animal’s fat.

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