Local Products - Argasi Zakynthos
Zakynthos Island has a mild Mediterranean climate with a lot of rain during the months of November and January and plenty of sunshine throughout the year. This island has lush vegetation and it is rich in agricultural products such as olives, citrus fruits and grapes.
One of the main sources of income for Zakynthian farmers is the cultivation of black grapes which are then left to dry in the sun to become currants.
The currants are used in Greece to make other products and are also exported to other countries in the European Union.
There are many large vineyards all over the island which produce different types of wine. Most families produce their own wine which is consumed daily, accompanying meals. In many villages this is a tradition which is still very popular.
There is a large variety of grapes used and each wine is unique with its own taste, color and aroma. Many producers sell their wine all over Greece and also export it abroad.
Click on the links below to visit websites of Zakynthian wine producers
Oenolpi Winery - (www.oenolpi.gr)
Art & Wine Winery - (www.artandwine.gr)
The island of Zakynthos is full of olive groves and therefore a big part of local income derives from selling olive oil.
Families and workers harvest the olives around November and take them to the local village's processing plant to extract the olive oil.
The olive oil produced in Zakynthos is of high quality and therefore is very popular in other countries where it is exported to.
In the mountain villages of Zakynthos there are families that have been making honey many years now.
You can purchase this fine quality natural product either from the shops in the island or directly from the locals who sell it by the roadside in the villages.
Zakynthos has its own special cheese called Ladotyri. It is a hard cheese produced from milk from goats and sheep.
The name Ladotyri comes from the Greek words for oil and cheese. This is due to the traditional procedure followed to produce it which involves it being kept for long periods of time in olive oil giving it thus a wonderful spicy flavor.
Mandolato - Fytoura - Pasteli
Mandolato, Fytoura and Pasteli are traditional local sweets of Zakynthos which have been made from recipes passed down through the generations. The Mandolato is nougat made with egg whites, honey, sugar and almonds and is usually consumed at Carnival time.
The Fytoura is made from semolina, fried and covered in lots of sugar and cinnamon. The Pasteli is made with sesame seeds, honey and almonds. Both of these are sold throughout the summer months by stall holders in Zakynthos Town and shops.
"Zante Pleasure" – Mantolato factory - (www.mantolato.gr )
Throughout the island of Zakynthos there are numerous pottery workshops that produce beautiful handcrafted ceramics. Some of these offer guests the chance to see the process and make their own works of art. The ceramics are made by molding clay. It is then decorated using spikes and traditional tools, fired in a kiln, colored and finally glazed.
Using the designs and techniques of Byzantine ceramics it is very hard to find two same pieces and therefore each one is unique.
Click on the following links and visit the websites of a few Zakynthian ceramic workshops: