Politismos eMagazine | Afaia Presents: Pistachio Goat Cheese Puffs

Afaia, Products with History

Pistachio trees were brought to the island of Aegina in 1860. It was a time when cultivators were facing financial recess due to a widespread destruction of vineyards. The fertile ground along with appropriate climate conditions was favorable for the cultivation of pistachio trees.

Over the years, families became involved in this prosperous agricultural activity. It wasn’t until 1994 however, when the “Aeginian Pistachio” was certified as Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) under the EU legislation; an advancement which motivated the young generation of Aegina to claim a position in the market.

Such a case is the story behind Afaia Nuts, a business venture started in 2006. It owes its name to the landmark of the island and grew to become a landmark for pistachio production in Aegina.

When asked about the key factor that makes Afaia Nuts stand out the answer is immediate; the company controls the entire production of the products they put on the market. From the cultivation of pistachio trees to hulling and quality testing, Afaia Nuts is at the helm! The basic principle of the company is to provide consumers with a wide range of products with high nutritional value.

And what is the one word describing Afaia? It’s progress! Not only have they expanded their product variety – they now boast a wide range of nuts, brittle, spread cream and herbs – but they also cater for the most demanding consumers by providing dried tropical fruits in many alternatives, such as nougats with papaya and cranberries.

In 2015, Afaia Nuts opened its first retail shop in the Old Town of Aegina and has made significant steps in building a broad sales channel in regions all over Greece. Afaia also exports its products to selected European countries in line with the “International Food Safety Standards – ISO22000”.

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Afaia’s Pistachio & Goat Cheese Puffs

A unique recipe to help you impress at your next dinner party! Goat cheese meets the special flavor of Aeginian pistachios and creates a remarkable culinary experience.


  • 10, 5 – 12 ounces goat cheese, softened
  • 1 head garlic
  • 5 oz. olive oil
  • ¼ salt
  • ¼ pepper
  • 2 – 3 cups pistachios, chopped


In a deep pot add the sliced garlic bulb, drizzle olive oil on top and roast in medium heat for about 20 minutes until cloves are golden and softened. Remove from the pan and mash well with a fork.

In a bowl add the mashed garlic and goat cheese, drizzle with olive oil and stir. Make sure the garlic is evenly distributed. Then, take small amounts of mixture and roll into a ball. Place in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes. Once cool, sprinkle with some water and roll the balls on the chopped pistachios; make sure the outside is completely covered.

Serve with crackers.

15 Oct 2017, by Erriketi Chini in Gastronomyx