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Information about food and drink on the island of Cyprus
Eating and drinking in Cyprus
If there is one main element that characterizes the Cypriot cuisine, it is its freshness. The other is the variety of dishes that you will find in Cyprus. The Cypriot cuisine due to its Greek, Turkish and Middle Eastern influences offers some unique dishes and culinary experiences.
Amongst the dishes you would expect to be served in most of the Cypriot restaurants and definitely should try when dining out in Cyprus are:
Meze -The definite introduction to Cypriot food ! - Meze consists of around 30 different dishes, meat or fish based. A unique eating experience, and a must try for every visitor to Cyprus.
Afelia - Pork marinated in wine and coriander.
Sheftalia - Grilled spiced mince balls.
Koupepia - grape leaves stuffed with minced meat and rice.
Stifado - Beef stew casseroled with wine, spices and lots of onions.
Loukanika - Sausages soaked in red wine and smoked.
Kleftiko - Lamb slowly cooked in a sealed clay oven and seasoned with bay leaves and other spices.
Lountza - Smoked pork done in a very Cypriot way
Halloumi - White cheese made from sheep's milk, spiced with peppermint and normally served grilled.
Talatouri - A much tastier version of the Greek Tzatziki, a yogurt dip with fresh mint and garlic.
Cyprus of course being a Mediterranean island has a lot of fresh fish dishes to offer including barbouni - red mullet, octopus cooked in whine, kalamari, white bait, sea bass and a lot more.
Cyprus Desserts and Savories
Cyprus has a lot unique offerings on the dessert and savoury front as well. Some of these you should try on your visit to Cyprus are:
Loukoumades -Deep fried doughnuts with honey syrup.
Shiamali - Semolina cake sometimes done with orange or almonds .
Daktyla - Pastry done in the shape of fingers with walnut or almond, cinnamon and syrup.
Loukoumia - Cubes of gelatin flavoured with rose water and covered with powdered sugar.
Shoushouko - Grape juice solidified filled with almonds or walnuts, formed in a shape of long rods.
Kolokotes - A pastry filled with red pumpkin, raisins and cracked wheat.
Koupes - Fried cracked wheat filled with mince mint and spices.
Cyprus Wines, Beers and Spirits
Cyprus wines and wine production is amongst the worlds oldest dating back to around 2000 BC. There are over 100 varieties of grapes cultivated in cyprus, most of these are in Limassol and Paphos districts and on the foothills of Mount Olympus.
Probably the most famous wine is the dessert wine called Commandaria made from the Nama grape variety and dating back a few tens of hundreds of years:
Cyprus beer comes under one name, KEO, an extremely popular beer that is regularly a prize winner in world beer competitions.
Cyprus spirits include Zivania, a strong drink similar to Raki normally served cold, and Cyprus Brandy which is again of high quality, probably the best known Cypriot brandy being Five Kings.