Crete Food, Wine, Spirits
& Organics

Crete food! Of course the locals don’t plan it, but the Cretan diet is the best in the world, according to the World Health Organisation.

The locals just know, instinctively and through strong traditions, how to live life, and this includes how to enjoy good healthy food.

The Cretan Diet - Stin Yiamas

The Cretan Diet is famous the world over for its life-giving properties - the longevity recorded on the island in Crete is well known. How do you live a long and healthy life? Well, to start with, don't diet!

Tamam Taverna in Chania Old Town


Restaurants in Crete, tips for great dining in Crete.


Fresh broad beans from the garden in Crete

Gastronomic Tour of Crete - an article by internationally recognised chef, Byron Ayanoglu.

Wild Greens of Crete

Wild Greens of Crete, all about the Cretan super food, Spiny Chicory.

Olive Tree, Crete

Olive Oil - the first step to enjoying the delicious olive oil from Crete is to help with the harvest...

Green Grapevines, Crete

Cretan Wine, fresh table wines grown under the Mediterreanean sun.

Tsikoudia in Crete



Tsikoudia, the Cretan spirit.


Dakos Salad, Crete



Dakos, fresh Cretan salad recipe.


Bougatsa (image by Savvas Limnatitis)


Bougatsa, recipe for our favourite Greek pastry.


Bottles of Olive Oil from Crete


Buy Cretan Products Online, organic olive oil, Greek coffee, cookies from Crete...


Beautiful green olive oil from Crete


Buy Greek Olive Oil Online, organic olive oil, Cretan olive oil..

Dittany - a healing herb from Crete

Dittany of Crete, a healing herb unique to the island...


Dakos Salad - a local dish from Crete

Greek Cookbooks, to bring the flavours of Ellada home with you...



Proudly, Crete now has one of the highest registrations of organic produce in all of Greece, which is a wonderful way of continuing land practices unchanged over centuries and ensuring healthy eating and a healthy planet.



Crete Food - Dakos

Crete Food - Dakos Salad


One of our favourites. Dakos whether you eat it for breakfast, lunch or as a snack any time of the day, always reminds us of Crete.



Crete Spirit- Tsikoudia or Raki

Kazani in CreteManoli at the kazani

After the grape harvest and the wine making, our kazáni is fired up. This is the local still, making a potent white spirit from the wine grapes. Many pleasant hours are spent sitting around the fire making tsíkoudia which is a labourious process for those responsible, consisting of 10 minutes hard work followed by 2 hours of hard drinking.



Occasionally, to line our stomachs, we pop some potatoes in the hot coals and eat them steaming fresh from the fire. The sweet smell of the tsíkoudia made from the must of the grape harvest and wine production will always remind me of the fun and relaxing parea at the kazáni in our village...

Kazani in Crete

Crete Food - Spoon Sweets

One unusual tidbit for visitors to know about is gliká tou koutalioú, literally 'sweet of the spoon'. These are preserves, usually home-made, served on a tiny plate with a tiny spoon to newly arrived visitors (at any time) or at a coffee date in the home.

Greek Spoon Sweets

These are a very handy thing for any Cretan (Greek) household to have in the cupboard, as the sugar preserves the fruit, it doesn't readily spoil and is a handy fall back when 'the cupboard is bare' of fresh-baked sweets. The flavours can be as varied as the gardens and orchards around the village, and also seasonal, we love the síca fig jam made with fresh figs.


Crete Food - Pastries for Breakfast

Bougatsa - yummy for breakfast

It is never too far between treats with the Greek pastries. Many coffee dates will be filled with these delicious fattening goodies. One of our favourites is bougatsa.










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