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Gastronomy

Τhe island's housewives in the cafes and the tavernas, where the tastiest and the simplest food is served, will have the leading role throughout the gastronomic experience in Leros. The island’s culinary feast is based on regional products, fresh fish, pies and patties, the local myzithra cheese and thyme honey. In leros the power of authentic and simple cuisine dominates everywhere. The journey through the island’s cuisine, beyond the clichés of mass tourism, is as fascinating as the island’s architecture, serene landscape and the warm hospitality of its inhabitants, who welcome you, with an intensely earthly and simple code of communication. Here, you will find “five star” restaurants, nor taverns full of hundreds of tourists. Leros island is surrounded by blue and "rich" seas, has a particular tradition in fish dishes. Indeed, its waters are truly rich in different species of fish and shellfish, providing the Lerian housewife with numerous possibilities. Therefore Lerian fish dishes are characterized by many unique variations. You can eat Fresh fish at Panteli, Xilokampos and Blefoutis with a view to the sea. Although Leros is one of the island where the fish has an important place at the table of every household, this does not mean that meat is absent, and it completes the list of tasty recipes. Pork, beef, lamb, chicken and other meats have been linked with the brilliant celebrations and official days. Meat is cooked  in every and with great success when marking an important event. At Lakki, Alinda and in other areas of Leros will enjoy delicious meat dishes. On the island housewives really know how to charm with their cooking and their rich in nutrition oily foods. Lerians know how to exploit the fruits of nature and turn them into delicious meals. Fresh beans, okra, eggplants are essential ingredients of a surely successful gastronomic delight. Even today, in almost all parts of the classic treat for welcoming a guest is the traditional Greek spon sweets. On the island you will be offered quince, bitter oranges, aubergines etc.. Marriage for the Lerian family is a unique event demanding special preparation and presentation. For this reason, Lerians give great weight to the sweet that they will serve, giving that way, a cheerful tone to the whole event. Turnovers, poungia, soumada almond drinks and macaroons, add a special touch to the wedding feast. The dominant ingredients of these sweets are honey, sugar, syrup. Ask for the famous local macaroons in the patisseries of Leros. In the picturesque, traditional villages, the best made and simple food is served in the beautiful seaside taverns and further island. The delicious power of these places bases in the local ingredients that they use. That is, the wonderful, handmade myzithra cheese, the delicious fish recipes and the tasty homemade pies. Certainly you should try "koukouvades" a bun with red egg which is made only at Easter, marinated fish with rosemary and small pies with fava split peas. An attractive option to complete such a tasty experience is "laggites", "patsavouropita" and any kind of "pouggakia" desserts. For dessert, do not refuse to taste a glass of "soumada" and “gavafes” in the autumn, a tropical fruit that you will only find in Leros.

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