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Kytherian Thyme Honey

10.11.2019 in Gastronomy

Kytherian Thyme Honey   ORIGIN AND TRAITS   In the “Unique Foods of Greece” series, we have been given the chance to feature products which are representative instances of the Greek culture, such as olive oil or landmark cultivars of various regions, such as Laconian oranges or Corinthian currants; however, never have we presented a product of such limited availability in the market yet premium quality on a worldwide level, the Kytherian thyme honey. The island of Kythera, which is situated opposite the south-eastern tip of the Peloponnese, is a land where agricultural activity takes place in a pure and…

Oranges

04.04.2019 in Gastronomy

The unique foods of Greece and their health benefits: Oranges   Orange (Citrus sinensis) ORIGIN AND TRAITS Whether a healthy nutrition enthusiast or a plain consumer, everybody knows that vitamins are an essential element to look for in a diet. As for vitamin C, the source it is most related to is, without a doubt, the orange. A glass of orange juice as a part of breakfast meals is a healthy boost for the day or even acts as a prevention for the common cold. In any part of the world, orange is the answer, no matter the given question….

Mystras: the dwelling of the last Emperors

26.04.2018 in History

Mystras: the dwelling of the last Emperors     The fortified city of Mystras sprawled on the northern slopes of Mt. Taygetos in the vicinity of the modern city of Sparta. The early settlement was founded by the Frankish prince William II in 1249, forty-five years after the occupation of Constantinople by the Franks. The solid castle walls effectively made the Mystras town impregnable by land. However, the Byzantines captured Mystras in 1262 and in the 14th c. became the capital of the independent Despotate of the Morea (Peloponnese).   Under the Ottoman threat throughout the 15th c., the Byzantines…

Rustic Spinach Tart with Siglino & Goat Cheese

10.04.2017 in Gastronomy

Rustic Spinach Tart with Siglino & Goat Cheese from our friends at www.Cookouvagia.com …tarts open the door to a world of endless possibilities. There are sweet and savory tarts, tarts with vegetables, with cheese custard or even meat fillings! The tart base varies depending on the texture we want to achieve. We can use puff pastry, pate brisee, pate sucree etc. Siglino can ideally replace bacon in any of your cooking ideas.. We first tried this recipe at a party we had a while back and it was a big success! After raving reviews from our party guests, it has now…

Making Memories in Messinia

09.10.2016 in Arts & Culture, History, Travel

Making Memories in Messinia In every corner of Greece there are destinations of exceptional beauty; picturesque with great landscapes, historic monuments and warm-hearted people who offer visitors a unique experience. Messinia is one of these exquisite places; it will warm your heart, soothe your soul and leave you with incredible memories… Messinia, which lies on the southwestern corner of the Peloponnese, has a history that dates back thousands of years (the boundaries of the prefecture were established in 371 BC after the fall of the Spartan domination). A rare combination of land and sea (it is a coastal region which lies…

The Ancient Olympic Games: A Panhellenic Ideal

01.08.2016 in History

The Ancient Olympic Games:  A Panhellenic Ideal    The modern Olympic Games owe their reputation to a small piece of land in the western Peloponnese – the sanctuary of Ancient Olympia – where an athletic competition occurred in honor of Zeus every four years. In this place, and during this sacred time, athletes and judges along with all visitors were under the protection of the sacred truce. No one but the gods could interrupt the most magnificent religious and athletic festival in the Greek world, a tradition that would continue for over a millennium (776 BCE-393 AD).     For the Greeks,…