Fava with octopus! A must try at Ira Hotel & Spa restaurant in Santorini!

The gastronomy of Santorini: the must enjoy products!

Among the things that make Santorini such a unique destination across the world is its gastronomic scene. There is something magical happening to the soil of this island thanks to its volcanic soil. Most of the island’s products are growing without water and only with the refreshing morning humidity that covers the island. Let’s have now a first bite from the products of the Santorini island.

Fava with octopus! A must try at Ira Hotel & Spa restaurant in Santorini!

Fava with octopus! A must try at Ira Hotel & Spa restaurant in Santorini!

The first huge chapter in the gastronomy of Santorini is the vineyards. With vines as old as 100 years and growing in a soil that never suffered from phylloxera, the grapes of Santorini have an explosive taste when you enjoy them as a wine. The most famous variety is Assyrtico followed by Aidani and Athiri. For the red wines the species of grapes used are Mandilaria and Maurotragano, while the most famous wine is the semi-sweet dessert wine called Vinsanto.

Talking about old products of Santorini, we have to mention fava which is cultivated on the island for more than 3.500 years. Findings in the archaeological site of Akrotiri confirm that fava was among the products that Santorinians enjoyed far before the island even got its name. On the other hand, the cherry tomato came to the shores of Santorini in the late 17th century from Egypt but, in Santorini’s soil, it got a new tasty dimension. Growing with no water, having thick skin and explosive taste, the cherry tomato of Santorini is a PDO product (along with fava) and you will find it also as a paste or sweet preserve.

Salad with Seafood at Ira Hotel & Spa Restaurant in Santorini!

Salad with Seafood at Ira Hotel & Spa Restaurant in Santorini!

Then, we move to the wild capers, the white aubergine and, of course, the fresh fish. The gastronomy of Santorini might be simple but its tastes are so unique and cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Like its sunset and the caldera, everything in Santorini island was made only to be enjoyed by its precious visitors.

To enjoy the products of Santorini in creative recipes and with the views to the caldera just click on www.ira-hotel.com and arrange a dinner with dishes made with authentic Santorini products and, of course, accompanied with a glass of local wine!