Santorini is unique in every single way. The dramatic landscapes, the imposing caldera and the mesmeric sunset, the whitewashed houses literally hanging from the cliffs and the hospitable locals, the narrow cobbled pathways and the flowered gardens. And when it comes to Santorini gourmet, you are definitely spoiled for choice! Below we are going to highlight just a few of the culinary delights you will have the chance to try out, during your stay on this marvelous Cycladic island. Bon appetit!
First of all, it is important to point out the fact that the volcanic soil has left its mark in Santorini. The weather conditions have added to the distinctive cultivation and the outcome, with local products excelling in quality standards worldwide. Tomataki is a special cherry tomato that grows on the island. It is medium sized and shaped, scarlet red and really intense in flavor. You will find it in the legendary Choriatiki Greek salad or in tomato fritters. Be sure to enjoy with extra virgin olive oil and real bread, straight from the oven of the bakeries!
Then, fava is another amazing ingredient of Theran land. Santorini fava beans are velvety in texture and particularly sweet. They boast a Protected Designation of Origin and you will realize why, as soon as you have had the first bite. Fava is served with chopped onion and olive oil, as a great appetizer and accompanies all the other mezedes (small dishes filled with intense flavors to share on the table).
White eggplant is also distinctive when it comes to Santorini gourmet. Usually, eggplant (melitzana in Greek) is purple in color. But then again, Santorini is not like the rest of the world! Well, due to the fact that this particular eggplant does not absorb oil, it is especially delicious even when fried. It maintains the ideal amount of crispness and tenderness, releasing its aromas and taste abundantly.
And we could not leave you without an approach on high quality gourmet fish, since you are in Greece and you are surrounded by the endless Aegean! So have a taste of local brantada, which is a traditional recipe. Cod fillet dressed in batter, served with garlic sauce and eggplant. Splendid dish, exuding the freshness of the sea!