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About "Zythos", the Greek "beertale"

About "Zythos", the Greek "beertale"

… It is a time when many Greek microbreweries emerged all over the country & consumers have chosen to support local products. Greek beer is thriving & many products of our "own" breweries are of equal or even better taste than their foreign counterparts! ...

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Τhe "Koukouvagia" (Owl) tale

Τhe "Koukouvagia" (Owl) tale

... Many years have gone by since this childhood memory, but the "koukouvagia" (owl) remains one of my favourite salads… & now I understand why its name is far more fitting than what I thought when I was a child! It is a “wise” salad just like the owl, which was a symbol of wisdom in ancient Greece. ...

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The "Grandma's Meatballs" tale

The "Grandma's Meatballs" tale

August 15th in Greece calls for a big celebration!!! The whole family always gathered in the village around a seemingly endless table! Three generations of family and now a fourth! Food and drink never end and so are the stories plentiful!

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The "Bad Peruvian" tale

The "Bad Peruvian" tale

It’s summer in the village & there is a distinct smell in the air. Passing by the "sauce maker's" you realize that it’s time. The trucks outside are loaded with heaps of tomatoes. I know exactly what I will find upon entering the house…

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The Unique Mastic (video)

The Unique Mastic (video)

One of the recently rediscovered secrets of our forebears is that of Chios Mastic "Tears", a resinous gum with astonishing medicinal properties.

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The "olive tale"

The "olive tale"

The olive tree is the symbol of Greece. The olives it makes are its fruit & our first childhood memories.

 

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The Buffalo tale

The Buffalo tale

I look deep into its eyes... one the colour of blue... the other brown and think to myself how wild they look on the outside but how sweet they seem when you gaze into their eyes. ”They are smart and gentle animals” Vasilis tells me ...

Come with us to meet an extraordinary family and the way of life they' ve chosen...

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Askada - how the fig is done in Kimi

Askada - how the fig is done in Kimi

For us " askada " is much more than two figs together. It represents our childhood memories and our effort to create the same "askades" as "Grandma Sofia" and "Aunt Katina".  And we think, now that we are grown up, the "well done" that we heard was the reward for the remembrance and the taste. Why " askada " for us means a hug and a match...
 
Askada: from the ancient name for figs, 'ischada'.
 
The process of collecting, processing, drying in the sun, " thermization", drying again, and standardization of figs, is done entirely by hand. The excellent final product is the result of a multi-stage process, time-consuming and laborious.  The result, however, and the distinct flavor that leaves us the askada fig, is hiding inside... a myth!

Green figs

THE PLACE - Kimi

Formerly called Kumiko, Kimi held considerable strength in the ancient times and created colonies in the West, including the famous Kimi Campania in Italy. Euboeans reached Campania in 750 BC bringing with them their Evian alphabet which locals used, unchanged, to create the subsequent Latin alphabet.
 
During the 19th and 20th century, Kimi had significant production and presence abroad in agricultural products such as wine, oil, and silk etc.
 
The Kimi fig is a unique product recognized by the European Union as a product with Protected Designation of Origin. It is produced exclusively in Kimi's Prefecture of Evia, which has over 25,000 fig trees of the local variety. The characteristics of the fruit are obtained via a production involving a traditional and unique way of drying, not found anywhere else in the world. Totally organic and natural, the production process starts in the first ten days of August and ends around mid- September. The fruits are collected in an ultra - mature state by hand, carefully opened and placed in wooden crates and then, after they have been dried naturally in the sun, are placed together, "hugging", creating what locals call "askada". This results in a distinct flavour, hiding the myth inside.
 
Kimi euboea

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