Products of Iraklia

High-quality thyme honey and cheeses (myzithra, xinomyzithra, anthotyro and hard cheese) figure prominently among Iraklia’s range of local produce.

You will also find aranista (a type of frumenty or trahana) and pittaridia (homemade pasta). In the local taverns ask for locally grown fava, fish and tasteful local meat.

At Easter the culinary tradition dictates lamb or goat in the oven stuffed with liver, rice, spring onions and dill, while on festive days the range of desserts includes melitinia (small sweet cheese pies), xerotigana (fried dumplings) and the customary pasteli (honey with
sesame seeds bar).

Fava (split peas)

02 Aug 2013Fava, made from split peas produced by small-scale farmers on the island, is a popular traditional dish of the island. It only requires a few minutes for cooking and has a velvety texture when ready.

Lamb and Goat’s Meat

Local Lamb and Goat’s meat is delicious...

On Iraklia it's All About the Honey

06 Aug 2014Beekeeper and honey producer on Iraklia gives a quick brief on the why the honey on Iraklia is unique.

Sklirotyri (Hard cheese)

02 Aug 2013A hard cheese that’s made from goat’s milk by local farmers. There’s no mass production so the quantities produced are small but of exceptional quality. 

Thyme Honey

Iraklian honey is of excellent quality and devoid of any chemical substances. It originates at least 85% in wild thyme, on which the bees feed mainly from May to August. 

Xynomyzithra (Cheese)

It’s a soft and dry cheese produced from goat’s milk by local farmers in June and July.