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The Cheesy Side of Chania, Crete! 🧀

If you’re looking for a culinary adventure that will tantalize your taste buds, there’s no better destination than the beautiful island of Crete. Known for its rich history and diverse culture, Chania is also home to some of the most delicious cheeses in the world. Some of the most popular types include “Graviera”, “Kefalotyri”, “Myzithra”, “Anthotyro”, and “Ksinomyzithra”. If you are a cheese lover, you should definitely visit Chania, Crete and taste them!

Graviera: the cheese leader

“Graviera” cheese is one of the most famous cheeses, not just in Crete, but throughout Greece. It is particularly pleasant, sweetish and semi-salty, with a rich fresh milk aroma. It creates a sense of well-being and wholeness for those who taste it. A common treat at Cretan weddings is “Graviera” with honey. Moreover, many people combine with wine and/or fruits and its magnificent. You’ll find many varieties of this cheese, such as smoked, spicy (with pepper seeds) and many more!

"Graviera" is a yellow cheese with pleasant, sweetish, semi-salty taste and a rich fresh milk aroma
“Graviera” cheese has a sweetish and semi-salty taste with a rich fresh milk aroma.

Myzithra: the signature of Crete

“Myzithra” is a soft, fresh cheese, with intense salty taste and is often used in salads or as a topping. It is probably the most characteristic cheese of Chania, Crete, since it adds a very unique taste to every dish it is included. One of the most popular dishes you will find it in is “Dakos”, an appetizer made with barley rusk, fresh grated tomatoes, “Myzithra” cheese, a drizzle of olive oil and oregano!

"Dakos", a traditional dish of Chania, Crete with "Myzithra" cheese topping.
“Dakos” is a well-known appetizer made with barley rusk, fresh grated tomatoes, “Myzithra” cheese, a drizzle of olive oil and oregano.

Anthotyro: great taste, low calories

“Anthotyro” is made from a mix of sheep’s and goat’s milk and has two versions, soft and dry. The soft version has a mild, jelly texture and a light, sweet taste. It is often used in sweet dishes like cheesecake (Cretan version), paired with honey for a delicious snack, or just accompanied with barley rusks or bread, as a snack. Another great characteristic of soft “Anthotyro” is its low-calorie count, therefore many people who seek a balanced diet, fall in love with it. On the other hand, the dry version has a solid texture and a very salty taste. It can be great for serving pasta, in a grained form, or adding taste to a salad, as rinds! The Cretan handmade pasta “skioufichta” are often served with grained white cheese “anthotyro” as a topping. You should try them!

Pasta "skioufichta" of Chania,Crete with grained white cheese "anthotyro"
Cretan handmade pasta “skioufichta” with grained white cheese “anthotyro” as a topping. Image by DanaTentis from Pixabay

Kefalotyri & Ksinomyzithra: the underdogs

“Kefalotyri” is similar to “Graviera” in taste and texture, but has a saltier and sharper flavor. It is often used in Greek dishes like “Saganaki”, which is a thick slice of cheese, breaded and fried on a pan. Some restaurants add on top of it sesame seeds and honey for extra points! Additionally, “Ksinomyzithra” is a tangy, crumbly cheese made from goat’s milk. It is often used in savory dishes like pasta or as a topping for grilled vegetables.

Come and taste all of them!

If you are a cheese lover and want to taste all these goodies in Chania, Crete you can visit us at Iason Studios, where you’ll have easy access to our city’s best Cretan cheese producers. With our comfortable accommodations and prime location, you’re sure to have an unforgettable experience in this beautiful and charming part of Greece. And when you’re not indulging in cheese, immerse yourself in the local culture, discover the rugged landscapes, and soak up the warm hospitality that Crete is famous for!

So what are you waiting for? Book your stay at Iason Studios and get ready for an unforgettable adventure of a lifetime!

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