Mileiko pelte

Greek ‘Mileiko pelte’, tomato paste, on slices of bread

Mileiko pelte is tomato paste from the island of Milos, where tomato paste is made from the cherry tomatoes grown on the island which are locally called Santorini or Russian tomatoes. The cherry tomatoes are collected, washed well and then crushed. The tomato pulp is put through a strainer and its skins and seeds removed. […]


Greek ‘Milinakia’, small fried pies with cheese

Milinakia aka tiropita. The name used in the Thracian dialect for cheese pita is milina and, accordingly, milinakia are small bits of pita considered to be a treat, especially for children. The milinakia are made by the housewives of Thrace, usually using whatever pastry sheets are left over after making regular cheese pita. While cheese […]


Greek ‘mizithra’ cheese, soft, snow-white mass which is mellow, creamy and moist

Mizithra melts on the tongue and fills the mouth with its mellow sweetness. A traditional, unpasteurized fresh cheese made with milk and whey from sheep and/or goats (typically with a ratio of 7 to 3), Mitizthra has been produced in Greece for thousands of years and is believed to be the progenitor of all Greek […]



At the start of the pre-Lenten carnival, the season of mizithropita (large pies made in a baking pan) and mizithropitakia (small, individual portions) commences in Crete. It is a carnival treat common to every household. All around Crete, there are mizithropita of various kinds using different cheeses along with mint or fennel. Typically, they are […]