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Local Products

The island of Tinos is an island of agriculture and animal raising. Of course agriculture does not particularly attribute because the ground is mountainous and northern wind often blows. Only in the plain of Komi and in few other places we can find fertile ground for cultivation. That fertile ground is retained from escalations that support fields of width of three to five metres.

Barley, oat and wheat are produced on the island. They are grinded in windmills and watermills. Vine is also cultivated in Riza that is protected from the north winds. Varieties of cultivated grapes are “potamisia” or “krasostafyla” which give the must and” mavropotamisa” that give the black must. Other types are the rozakia, antirites, platania, fraoules, kamariana, roditika, aetonychia, begleria, skatharia, the voidomatika, the aspradia, and the Kritika.

Tinos is famous for its exceptional white wines askathari and aspropotamisio.

From the must they also make molasses.

From the remains of the wine production they make strofilia or raki, with a special process.

The culture of olive is met in covered parts. The olive trees are called agrelia. The olives, depending on their way of production are named “machairomenes”, tsakistes, kolympates and alatismenes.

Figs constitute an important product for Tinos. Kontolata, glykornioi, arkounes or mpourkounia, aspoudes, kavourakia, xinosyka, astganes, vasilicata and maronia are certain from the types that are produced. They are gathered in August and are opened in aplotaria in order to dry under the sun.

At the same time vegetables are cultivated in gardens. Fruit trees, such as lemon trees, orange, pear-trees, almond trees, mulberries, plum trees and pomegranates are cultivated for the needs of the residents.

Animal raising is restricted in domestic sheep and cow raising. Also essential is the pig found at the end of a field which is slaughtered in choirosfagia and is prepared with various ways in order to cover the needs of the family.

Poultry and pigeons are additionally raised.

The local dinner table is always accompanied by the local cheese.The villages Oxo Meria and Falatados are famous for their cheeses. Types of cheeses are: round cheeses or balls, sklavotyra, boiled cheese and mytzithra or kopanisti. For more information as well as orders for Tinos's dairy products on tel. 22830 23289/ 21184

The pork meat is prepared in various ways for the winter: They make pichtes, sisera, or syglina, sausages and louzes.

Quality honey is also produced in Tinos in the traditional way, but there is no systematic apiculture. For information you can contact the apiarian cooperative of Tinos, Address Kapodistriou 5, Telephone 22830-25477, E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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