Archive for April, 2010

Santorini Island is still home to the old Greek ways

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

The Greek island of Santorini is deluged with tourists in summer, pouring off cruise ships, ferries and yachts.

They roam the port town’s narrow streets, a happy T-shirted army babbling in Italian, English, German, Swedish, Japanese. Their voices echo off the glistening whitewashed houses that cling to the steep slopes of this volcanic island.

Yet away from the tourist-thronged town, old ways endure. Farmers still thresh their fava beans by hand, using a wooden sieve and the island’s ever-present wind to sort the beans, smaller and sweeter than traditional fava beans.

Fava is an age-old staple for the island’s 7,000 residents, cooked into a purée with capers, smoked pork and other flavorings.

Find a table in a taverna and feast on what the islanders grow — sweet little tomatoes, succulent eggplant and fava. They’re the tastes of Santorini.

Santorini Airport