Livestock because of geographical terrain that includes many mountainous and semi-mountainous areas with poor vegetation, is ideal for sheep and goat farming and the production of animal products (meat, cheese, milk, etc.). The municipal region there are more than 15 sheep pens (paddocks for sheep and goats).
So a variety of cheese products of exceptional quality are produced on the island, which constitute major components of the Cretan diet as yogurt, Gruyere (PDO), the cream cheese (PDO), the glykomyzithra dry or fresh local cheese (cheese), the antimahia ¬ tyri, the tyrozoyli, the tyromalama and the butter, the ladotyri.
Most famous of the derivatives of milk is the frumenty, made from sour milk and chontralesmeno wheat, the noodles, the different kinds of pies and cheese pies, staka, mezes in form of gruel that is generated during the production of stakoboytyroy, and the famous dakos in which depending on the habit of each village using tomato with feta cheese, straggichto, yoghurt or another local dairy preparation.
The various forms of cottage cheese and soft cheese is the basis for many traditional sweets. Most famous is the kallitsoynia home and anevata made with fresh ricotta, the galokoyloyra and the galaktoboureko.
Dairy products and sweets occupy an important place in the famous Cretan cuisine and are the basis of many traditional dishes and products produced and promoted mainly by the feminised cooperatives have been formed in the villages.
In livestock products include smoked meat, such as apaki, the sausage, and other derivatives such as smoked ham (kept in sizzling FAT), the thick (tsiladia, preserved in the jelly of meat) prepared in a traditional way and according to the season offered in edesmatopwleia, tsipouro and ouzo taverns, area.
Triantafillakis Eleni – homemade cheese products
Creamery, Charikleia Parasyri of John, Tel: 2810 861364
Creamery Simaioydakis Raphael, Tel: 6976076811
Metaxaki Agapi, Tel: 6938391304 - homemade chondros, xinomyzithras
Zervou Bros OE Creamery, Tel: 6942815196
Opsimakis Giannis (homemade cheese products)