Oil and wine are the island’s main products. Both of them have
been important throughout the island's history and since they were exported to
foreign markets they became one of the island's resources. The cultivation of
olive trees and the production of oil have been recorded since the Homeric epics.
The consumption of wine as part of a meal and as a means of celebrating pleasant
events is very important in the Odyssey.
The vineyard cultivation has never stopped on the island. Particularly, during the Venetian period, raisin was the most important product and it was exported to the surrounding islands and to other areas. Vineyards still cover various fields on the island and the wine produced is of superb quality.
Cattle-raising and cheese-making are equally developed in Ithaki. Last but not least, apiculture is also included among the inhabitants’ activities. The island’s flora gives the raw material for the production of superb honey.
Using all these products women prepare delicious pastries and famous dishes like "rovani", "savoro" and meat prepared in the special kettle called "tserepa".
This text (extract) is cited January 2004 from the Assoc. of Local Authorities of Kefalonia & Ithaca tourist pamphlet.
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