K. Kouzouni

Traditional products of Tinos

Tinos is a farmers’ island. Barley, oats, and wheat are cultivated, as well as olives and figs. The orchards are full of trees, particularly lemon and orange ones.

The local cheeses and other dairy products are well known. The island's dairy producers have contributed to organise the mass production of milk without losing its purity and high quality standards. Notable products include Tinos graviera cheese, (yellow cheese), Tinos fresh milk, myzithra (unsalted cheese), known as petroma, that is used for the traditional Easter cheese pies (sweet).

The great king among local cheeses is Kopanisti, a  PDO soft cheese with a peppery flavor, not heat-treated and set with natural yeast. The Tinian Tyraki (Volaki or Sklavotyri) is the most typical cheese of Tinos and you will find it, dry or fresh, in a round shape.

Animal husbandry involves sheep, cows, pigs, poultry and, of course, pigeons. Delicious cheese (the famous round or ball cheese, boiled cheese and an unsalted soft cheese called “myzithra”) and mouthwatering meat products (such as sausages, sissera or syglina, and louzes) prove the island’s farming tradition, as well as its special cuisine.

Τhe island is well reputed for its white wine varieties Askathari and Aspropotamisio.

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