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The hinterland of the municipality, with the rich and fertile lands, has always been the nurse of the city at any time contact with residents "intramural" was possible. Residents responding to the needs of a diverse and multi-ethnic population quickly traded crops and activities such as the adequacy of production to cover in any way possible the maintenance needs of the residents of the city.

From the basic products of the Cretan diet has always been the olive oil, cheese, cereals, vine, vegetables, honey and fruit. These crops were mainly residents, gaining expert knowledge and specificities with which even today cultivate their fields.

These products out of the unique Cretan land, with their traditional conventional or organic cultivation and origin are the basis of the world recognized "the Cretan diet" based on close cooperation between the nutritional value with human health.

The traditional cultivation practice is a safe guide quality production local agricultural products either in stores or on outdoor exposure adorn the squares of settlements or placed at various points "haunts" by producers themselves.

Organic production process – timelessly applicable is not a great innovation for local growers. The know, apply for the most part, the preserve... With such quality products they grew themselves, making them grow their children, the same offer and their guests.

You will find them to buy in any village, settlement or "hangout" and if you ... more

 

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Famous and dear – perhaps most dear – our Cretan drink. Produced from the distillation of Marc (strafyla) in special craft workshops (rakokazana). It has a strong smell, pleasant taste and high alcohol, consumed at every opportunity.

When, says the legend, was looking God Saturn the newborn Zeus to swallow him, his mother, Rhea hid him in Ideon Andron and put the Kuretes to cover the crying, beating bronze cymbals on their shields. But his grandmother, Gaia not content therein. Because he feared failure and the cries of little Zeus heard louder than the cymbals, placed at the entrance of the cave (Ideon Andron) a bustling Beehive and the loud hum of the cover the crying of small God, and the honey the harbored (the nymph Melia of the provided).

Stafylos and the Onop(o)ion were the two boys that begat the Ariadne when found alone and abandoned on Naxos by Theseus God Dionysus and his wife made according to legend.

In a place covered by 13.5 million olive trees, from which at least 1000 (so marked and registered at present) have been monumental (i.e. living more than 2,000 years) might be redundant to mention in olive oil.

The Regional Section of the municipality of Heraklion apart from the excellent grapes led wineries for wine production of the renowned, has rich production and table grapes. Thousands of tons of fresh grapes are produced on modern vineyards (linear, overlapping scales, etc.) and driven to the Greek and European markets.

The dried grapes (raisins) in previous decades were the dominant agricultural product not only in regional unity of the municipality and the whole of the Prefecture of Heraklion.

Livestock, particularly sheep and goat farming is a highly developed industry in the Regional section of Heraklion. The herd (small or large) for the Cretan countryside is one of the key components of rural life.

EUROPEAN AGRICULTURAL FUND
RURAL DEVELOPMENT

Europe investing in rural areas

RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
Of GREECE 2007-2013
«ALEXANDER BALTATZIS»

HELLENIC REPUBLIC
MINISTRY OF RURAL
DEVELOPMENT AND FOOD






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