Local Traditional Products

Due to the generally barren and stony ground Kythera cannot be regarded as a place of mass agricultural and livestock production. This primary disadvantage turns quickly into an advantage, since the small - no industrialized - production and non-use of chemicals, e.g. fertilizer, spray formulations e.tc, makes kytherian products - even produced in small amounts and at high costs-particularly palatable, wholesome, pure and above all of extraordinary quality. 

The widely known thyme honey of Kythera comes first due to its unique taste and aroma. Sold by producers and the local Apiculture Association, having its headquarters in Aroniadika village near Potamo, near the junction of the road Diakofti-Aroniadika with the vertical central road axis of the island. The price per kilo ranges from 17 to 19 euros. It is worth to try. It was not a coincidence that the production of this qualitative honey of Kythera was even famous in ancient times, since it is mentioned by the author Heraclides of Pontus  (4rth century BC) in his work "About States” mentions “The island (Kythera) produces many and honey and wine". 

Also famous is the pure local liquor “tsipouro”, produced from organic vineyards and its derivative is the very tasty liqueur "Fatourada" reddish in which are added sugar, flavorings from tangerine or orange peel, cinnamon sticks (wood) and cloves. 

The traditional oil rusks is prominent in local cuisine, sold at the 4 bakeries of the island, in Potamos in Karava in Livadi and in Karvounades. Many consider it of superior flavor and more delicious than any other traditional Greek rusks. Certainly is is not a coincidence that because of its taste and quality  is already sold in most department stores in Attica, and further market expansion to other outlets is presumed. 

Do not also forget to try the traditional bread of Kythera, which is prepared with flour, oil, honey, cinnamon and sesame. It is very tasty and is sold from the bakeries in Potamos and Livadi. Of course it is offered and distributed to all sacred festivals of Kythera to the congregation e.g. on 15th of August in the monastery Myrtidion, on 6th August in Agia Moni. 

The local olive oil usually derived from organically grown olives, and even non-irrigated, which makes it of even superior quality and increases its healing and nutritional properties.
Sold and in standard bulk bottles of 1 liter and in containers of 5, 10 and 17 kg. 

Although difficult to find, since is produced in very small quantities, buy local oil cheese (ladotyri). It is spicy, but of excellent quality. Is different than the others oil cheese produced in other part of Greece, like that of Mytilene.

Local sausages are sold mainly in the two butchers in Potamos, they are amazing. You cannot find similar anywhere in Greece. 

The Wine of Kythera is normally dry of red or blonde color. Unfortunately, the production is small and comes to limited quantities in the market. Look for it in the Sunday bazaar in Poramos, in the winery in Markesakia, near Pitsinianika and in the big grocery stores on the island. Also worth to try the local sweets like xerotigana or deaples or lychnarakia rich in local honey, macaroons, rozedes, pastitseta, apple pasta, bizedes, melomakarona, small pears. 

The jams are exceptional, made from old recipes of Kytherian elderly housewives, like chopped quince, grapes, watermelon, and of course nuts -  nougat as they are called in Kefalonia- and jams of apricot, orange, peach, plum etc. 

Try summer fruits from arid fields, as the particularly tasted watermelons and melons. Even try the local peaches (local variety known as "Breast of Venus") figs, prickly, local black grapes known as "arikaras variety" but also the local aridable beans “ampelofasolo” from which are produced the black-eyed beans. 

Do not forget to buy the Kytherian pure and unrefined salt for your cooking. Also, edible olives, such as "cracked (tsakistes)", "kolympades", etc. which normally originate from organic cultivated olive trees. Of course, you should not forget to buy dried herbs, such as sage, oregano, capers, and various kinds of pickles. 

Generally speaking, local products like fruits, vegetables, forage, dairy have a distinct flavor and aroma, an experience that should not be missed.