The main products of Lesvos that ships around the world include extra virgin olive oil, diverse cheeses with a Protected Designation of Origin [PDO] such as ladotiri, Mytilene feta and Eresso kaseri, pickled sardines and anchovies (caught in the Gulf of Kalloni), fruits and nuts, which thanks to the island’s lively women’s cooperatives are transformed into handmade spoon sweet, marmalade and liqueur, honey from thyme, pine and aromatic blossoms, wine from local grape varieties, and fresh fish and shellfish, an ideal accompaniment for the most renowned product of Lesbos, ouzo.
Local and special:
The specialties which you must by all means try are souyiana (onions stuffed with meat and rice), lamb stuffed with pieces of liver, raisins and pine nuts, the chachles (boat-shaped trahana in olive oil, tomato, and feta), giouzlemedes (tiropita with a savoury or sweet filling), sfougato, tomatoes and eggplant stuffed with octopus, roasted sardines filled with pickles and capers or wrapped in grape leaves, and lahanodolmades stuffed with cod, carrot, and celery.
Sweet and beloved:
In Lesbos, dozens of women’s cooperatives and cottage enterprises make traditional sweets. Baklava with almonds and anthonero, gemata (a local kind of amygdalota), plantzeta (syrupy filo made plain or stuffed with walnuts or almonds and sprinkled with cinnamon), kolokythopita, and an endless variety of spoon sweets.
|Product||Designation of Origin and|
|Olive oil||Lesbos (PGI)|
|Cheese||Ladotiri of Mitilini (PDO)|
|Cheese||Kalathaki of Lemnos (PDO)|
|Ouzo||Plomari -Μitilini (PGI)|