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Gastronomy of Macedonia

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The heart of a singular, authentic and special cuisine beats throughout Macedonia with eating habits shared across the region. Each locality, however, has something unique to add. Macedonia achieved a harmonious union of Byzantine cuisine with Eastern inventiveness and local gastronomic tradition. During the summer, the Macedonian earth yields a large variety of fruits and vegetables. Diets in the springtime are supplemented by fish from the region’s countless rivers and lakes, with trout, meadows, bass and wels catfish, along with seafood found off the shores of Kavala, Katerini and Chalkidiki.

At the beginning of Fall, vegetables and wine intermingle. Vapors of tsipouro mix with those from cooking pots which, along kavourma, sausage and pork promise a good winter. A unique and, of very high quality, among the best in the world product of Macedonia, is the krokos or saffron from Kozani prefecture. At Christmas time, the pita, halva, finikia, baklava, ekmek kataifi and other treats carry the memories of Asia Minor refugees. Macedonia achieved a harmonious union of Byzantine cuisine a its Eastern inventiveness and local gastronomic tradition, the scents and imaginativeness of Macedonian gastronomic traditions. The multiculturalism of that time is reflected today in all of Macedonia. Over the years, the great variety of dishes evolved and adapted more closely to the climate and the products of the region.

Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) and Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) products:

ProductDesignation of Origin (PDO) or
Geographical Indication (PGI)
Prefecture
PulsesBeans gigandes-elephandes of Kato Nevrikopi PGI) Drama
Pulses Mid-sized, flat beans of Kato Nevrikopi PGI) Drama
Pulses Beans gigandes-elephandes of Kastoria (PGI) Kastoria
Pulses Beans gigandes-elephandes of Prespes (PGI) Florina
Pulses Big-sized, flat beans of Prespes (PGI) Florina
Others productsSaffron of Kozani (PDO)Kozani
Cheese Anevates tiganites (PDO) Kozani, Grevena
Cheese Batzos (PDO) Kozani, Grevena, Florina, Kastoria, Thessaloniki, Chalkidiki, Kilkis, Pella, Imathia, Pieria
Cheese Feta (PDO) All prefectures
Cheese Kaseri (PDO) Drama, Kavala, Serres, Thessaloniki, Chalkidiki, Kilkis, Pella, Imathia, Pieria
Cheese Manouri (PDO) Kozani, Grevena, Florina, Kastoria, Thessaloniki, Chalkidiki, Kilkis, Pella, Imathia, Pieria
Cheese Kefalograviera (PDO) Kozani, Grevena, Florina, Kastoria
Olive oil, olivesEarly harvest olive oil (PDO)Chalkidiki
Olive oil, olives Green olives (PDO) Chalkidiki
Olive oil, olives Green olives of Galano Metangitsi (PDO) Chalkidiki
Fruits, vegetablesTragana (crispy) cherriesof Rodochori (PDO) Imathia
Fruits, vegetables Peaches (PDO) Naoussa
Fruits, vegetables Kiwi of Pieria (PGI)Pieria
Fruits, vegetables Apple of Kastoria (PGI) Kastoria
WineAgion Oros (PGI) Agion Oros
Wine Agora (PGI) Drama
Wine Adriani (PGI) Drama
Wine Velvedo (PGI) Kozani
Wine Epanomi (PGI) Thessaloniki
Wine Thasos (PGI) Xanthi
Wine Messimvria (PGI) Thessaloniki
Wine Paggaio (PGI) Kavala
Wine Plagies Vertiskou (PGI) Thessaloniki
Wine Plagies Paikou (PGI) Kilkis
Wine Siatista (PGI) Kozani
Wine Sithonia (PDO)Chalkidiki
Wine Gouemenissa (PDO) Kilkis
Wine Naoussa (PDO) Naoussa
Wine Plagies Melitona (PDO) Chalkidiki
Wine Amyntheo (PDO) Amyntheo
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