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Cheese preserved in olive oil, a common way of preserving it in the days before refrigeration. Two islands specialize in it:

Zákynthos's dairy farmers make a pungent, tangy feta-like λαδοτύρι Ζακύνθου soaked in brine, before being place in oil.

The Lésvos version, known as ladotýri Mytilínis (λαδοτύρι Μυτιλήνης) PDO (ΠΟΠ) is a kefalótyri that is made only from the milk of sheep (and sometimes goats) grazed in the local meadows. The cheese is hand-pressed into special moulds, salted and aged for at least three months, and then submerged in olive oil.

Aegean Islands

Cheese, dairy and eggs

Ionian Islands


Text © Dana Facaros

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