Acres upon acres of olive groves, fig trees, vineyards, citrus trees and fragrant herbs growing in every crevice: these are nature’s gifts, found abundant in the blessed land of Messinia.
Olive oil – Referred to by Homer as “liquid gold”, Messinian olive oil is top quality, ranked among the best olive oils worldwide, with protected designation of origin (PDO).
Kalamata olives – They are known for their beautiful deep purple-black colour, crunchy texture and distinctive, almost fruity, aroma.
Balsamic vinegar – Made from sun-dried grapes, the Messinian balsamic vinegar is world-renowned.
Raisins – Messinia is one of the top producers and exporters of raisins in Greece. Raisin production in the area dates back 3,000 years.
Figs – Fig production in this corner of the Earth dates back to antiquity. The figs are turned into delicious products, such as sykopasta (fig bar), sykokafes (fig coffee), fig syrup, sykalaki (fig spoon sweet), fig jam, etc.
Cheese – It is made exclusively from Messinian milk. The trademark cheese of Messinia is PDO sfela, but you can also find great local feta, myzithra, talagani and graviera.
Honey – A staple of the Greek land, honey is synonymous with Greece and its culinary tradition.
Pasteli – It is a traditional Greek sesame bar, made from sesame seeds and honey. A symbol of abundance and fertility since antiquity, pasteli used to be given to guests at weddings so the couple would enjoy a sweet life together.
Fruit & vegetables – The Messinian land produces an abundance of fruits and vegetables, including citrus fruit, wild artichokes, wild asparagus and prickly pears.
Herbs & assorted greens – The valleys and mountains are home to unique fragrant herbs and edible flora. Picking chorta (assorted greens) – such as Mt Taygetos wild greens, ovries and lergoudes – is a Greek tradition. Boiled chorta served with olive oil and lemon is as Greek as you can get!
Wine, ouzo & tsipouro – A Greek feast is always accompanied by alcohol. Messinia produces fine red, rose and white wines, as well as distilled spirits in the form of ouzo or tsipouro.
Trahana & hilopites – Pasta takes on a new meaning in Greece. Locally produced trahana (fermented milk pasta) and hilopites (egg pasta) are a great side dish to meats, but also make an excellent meal on their own.