Eating habits and flavors of Paros
All the products you must taste while in Paros
Explore the cuisine of Paros
The Parians, as well as the people of the other islands of the Cyclades complex, have learned to be happy with the few products the earth and sea could provide. The particularity of Cyclades’ nature played a leading part in food habits of Paros.
Therefore, the products coming from the Parian earth and sea have a leading part in Paros' gastronomy.
Fruit and vegetables, growing on hill slopes, grapevines and olive trees and every other product that nature offers unsparingly: greens, mushrooms, caper, snails, oregano and various herbs.
Paros' cuisine is based on all these products while fish and meat were rarely found on the Parian table. The Parian housewives, however, found a way to combine the available products and created tastes that are today characteristic of Paros' cuisine.
With the course of time, the food habits were affected, as it is natural, by immigrants and also there are more available products since communication with the big urban centers is easier now. However, the basis of those food habits didn’t change. Simplicity and plain tastes still characterize the cuisine of Paros. Parians enjoy gathering around the table to eat, which is often an occasion for communication and feast.
Food in Paros is not only delicious but also of high nutritional value. It is worth tasting chick peas that are cooked all night long in a wood burning oven, casserole snails, snails with garlic sauce, delicious fish dishes such as sun dried gouna (mackerel), string bean salad with garlic sauce...
The cheeses of Paros are also delicious (graviera, touloumotyri, xynomyzithra etc.) as well as the olives, particularly askoudes. Of course a well balanced meal includes well leavened bread and mainly wine of the famous grapevines of Paros, with the excellent varieties of red Mandilaria and white Monenvasia.
For the fans of tsipouro Paros offers its famous "souma", which is excellent to accompany all kinds of dishes.
The visitors can taste all the Parian dishes in the restaurants, the taverns and the lovely fish taverns of the island, where the local products play a leading part.
Of course the figs of Paros that the locals call "samota" and the spoon sweets are also a main part of the Parian cuisine.
There are countless and special tastes in Paros' cuisine. It is worth trying them.