The island’s rich volcanic soil produces all sorts of delicious local products that are frequently used in dishes served on the island, like Santorini tomatoes, smaller with a sweet flavor and a fragrant aroma. They look like cherry tomatoes, but once you bite in, you’ll know this is something special. You’ll see them in many dishes, including tomato fritters or tomatoes gefthedes, a popular appetizer. They’re fried in olive oil and then combined with peppers, onions, mint and other herbs in a thick batter. Fava, made with just a few simple ingredients: yellow split peas, onions, garlic, olive oil and a little salt, is often served as a creamy side dish – it’s not only healthy, it’s absolutely yummy. Another rare product the Santorini soil produces is white eggplant. It has few seeds and doesn’t absorb much oil when fried, along with an incredibly sweet taste. You’ll find many dishes featuring it on the island – try the melitzanosalata (white eggplant paste).
A guided tour is a great way to delve into Santorini’s very best tastes. Stroll the streets with an expert as you visit favorite local eateries, sampling signature dishes and discovering the secrets of the island’s best cuisine.
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