For the creation of all the RAGiF (Routaki’s Audio Guide info Files) an enormous amount of research was done. This resulted in up to 300.000 words of information divided into several subjects. One of these subjects are the culinary matters. So on this page you find in the diversity of categories the links to the pages were you can read the whole (or basic) story for the information that is given to you in audio form when you drive one of the routes of Routaki.

culinary matters goes for old and young

Nederlands talige tekstenThe agricultural industry offers the biggest employment on Crete. A little less than half of the working force is active in the agricultural industry. Forty years ago this was more than three quarters. Crete has 98.000 agricultural businesses.Read more about agricultural sector on Crete.

NederlandsDeutschThe Crete cuisine does not deviate much from the Greek, but has a little bit more variation, especially by adding a lot of traditional herbs. A traditional Cretan meal contains a lot of meat. You’d better go to a tavern to experience this.

Read more about the eating habits on Crete.

Nederlands talige tekstenLike the Spanish have tapas, the Greeks have mezedes. Small plates with a variety of starters and some main dishes. The food is directly eaten from the plates, everybody sticks his or her fork in it.
Read more about what the Cretans eat.

Nederlands talige tekstenThe Greek coffee, pronounced kaphès, is actually the same as Turkish coffee; of course you should never say this out loud. It is served in very small cups and it is prepared in a small saucepan on a gas burner. Read more about the Greek coffee.

Nederlands talige tekstenIn the whole of Crete the spring water from the village of Zaros is mostly known as drinking water. Maybe you have even drunk it yourself. The springs themselves are called the Votomos and the Mati springs. Read more about the Zaros surroundings.

Nederlands talige tekstenAfter the wine process is done, the left over peels and juices are used to make the local raki. The leftovers are into bags to ferment for about 40 days. After that, the mush is distilled until a very strong alcoholic beverage is formed. Read more about the local raki, how it’s made and ‘used’.

Nederlands talige tekstenThe Greek national drink is called ‘Ouzo’. This drink tastes like anise. You can compare it to the Pernod from France. It is served with a glass of water. ‘Raki’ is the traditional drink of the Cretans. Read more about the typical drinks served on Creta.