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(ta amorgina). Fine muslin textures made of a flax named from the island Amorgus.



Coa Vestis

   The Coan cloth or garments, mentioned by various authors, but most frequently by the Latin poets of the Augustan Age. From their expressions we learn that it had a great degree of transparency, that it was remarkably fine, that it was chiefly worn by women of loose reputation, and that it was sometimes dyed purple \ and enriched with stripes of gold. It has been supposed to have been made of silk, because in Cos silk was spun and woven at an early period, so as to obtain a high celebrity.

This text is from: Harry Thurston Peck, Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities. Cited Oct 2002 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains interesting hyperlinks


Natural colour: Melian white

A kind of white color, is said to be a mine of it in Melos

Melian opsidian

Like Thera, Melos is of volcanic origin, and produced obsidian, a black volcanic glass used for cutting tools, and other useful minerals throughout antiquity.



  Dairy products such as: beaten feta cheese, mezithra, anthotiro cheese for spaghetti, ksialina (a type of yoghurt), oil cheese (cheese pieces in oil) etc.
  Fish and seafood: salted fish (bream, sardine), sun-dried fish “liokafta” (bream), octopus, sargos, orfos, fagri, sinagrides, white-bait, skari, red-mullet-“barbounia”.
  Other dishes: lobster pasta, garlic macaroni, chick-pea, lentil and courgette balls “keftedes”, black olives, stuffed courgette flowers “dolmades”.
  Sweets: Honey biscuits “melomakarona”, finikia, loukoumades, sesame pasteli, halva with honey, fried pancakes- “xerotigana”, crepes, syruped fruits (quince, orange, bitter orange, bergamot).
  Herbs-decoctions: sage, oregano, thyme, chamomile.
(Text: Manolis Makris)
This text is cited February 2004 from the Dodekanissos Union of Municipalities & Communities pamphlet.

The famous Iraklian honey, golden colored and of unique taste because the bees feed exclusively on Thyme. Iraklian cheeses of different types made from goat's milk and produced on small scale from the farmers themselves.
Fava: a kind of legume, which is made into a fine paste and served with olive oil.
Fresh fish and meat from local farmers.

Traditional foods and sweets

  Foods: various kinds of bread and barley donuts which accompany the local salty cheese or the meriari (made from full cream milk), the small pastries, kouloumbotes olives, sesame, egg and thin “kouloures”- biscuits, makarounes, vegetable pies, drilla, mezithra ofto (goat’s meat stuffed with rice), pihti, kavroumas, sitaka and others.
  Sweets: xilikopites, baklava (made very differently from the usual baklava), sweet mezithra cheese pies, sweet sesame pies and sitakopita etc.
(Text: Manolis Makris)
This text is cited February 2004 from the Dodekanissos Union of Municipalities & Communities pamphlet.

Traditional foods and sweets

  Foods: goat stuffed with rice (usually at Easter), salantroumasi (stuffed onions), saitia (rice with onion, mint and tomato), many varieties of fish (swordfish, tuna, sea-beam), etc.
  Sweets: koutoumari (round pan-fried pastry with sugar, cinnamon and cloves), halva, “straba”- crooked (baklava with kneaded pastry sheets) and others.
(Text: Manolis Makris)
This text is cited February 2004 from the Dodekanissos Union of Municipalities & Communities pamphlet.

  Wine: The famous wine since antiquity is today bottled by 8 wineries. Nikteri (dry, white) and Visanto (sweet, white) are the best known types of Santorini wine.
  Tomatoes: Before 1960 tomatoes where one of the island's main products. Today only one of the 9 tomato canning factories operates for the canning of the small, but full of nutritious Santorini tomatoes.
  Fava: Cultivated traditionally, is the well-known fava (yellow pea) of Santorini. Premature garden products (peas, beans and others) are cultivated in recent years on the island, mainly in the district of Exomiti.
(Text: Manolis Lignos)
This text is cited February 2004 from the Municipality of Thera tourist pamphlet (2003-2004).

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