"Kafe-Glykopoleio": The Women's Agricultural Association Zagora
The Women’s Agricultural Association in Zagora is by the main square of the village just above the Church and square of St. George.
I believe every tourist should drop by because the products of this specific association are truly the best. The quality of products we bought are excellent and luckily we bought several for ourselves and also for friends and family.
Homemade, flavorsome and all fresh because nothing stays on the shelves for long.
We met Evi and Anna here, two young ladies who kept busy out there now that their schools are closed. Of course if you drop by you might find other ladies, but no matter whom you come across I can assure that you will be welcomed. Anna and Evi treated us with a local dessert (staboukos glyko koutaliou) and it was so great that we bought 4 jars of it!
Personally I highly recommend it, but of course there are other desserts because the list is really big and the variety of products rich. The shop is called “Kafe-Glykopoleio”. To name some products you can find here, I can say that besides the sweets, jams, liqueur, tsipouro, or raki, you can find excellent quality of pasta (hilopites) in great variety.
All products are pure, with no preservatives, recipes come from the traditional cuisine of the area, and come exclusively from fruit and herbs of the region.
Check the website of the Association to find out more about the excellent job of these ladies out here and don’t miss dropping by. You will surely find something to buy.
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The Women's Agro-tourist Society: Exceptional Quality products-
When you come to the village of Portaria I urge you to visit the Women’s Agro-Touristic Society.
You can find high quality products produced by 35 ladies of the village. Besides the homemade jams and marmalades, desserts, and different liqueurs, they make pastas as well.
You can find herbs here that grow on the slopes of Pelion but also there is a separate room where they sell embroidery and lace work which they themselves create.
Products do not include preservatives and colours.
I bought a few spoon desserts and several pasta (chilopites) and I was thrilled with the quality and taste.
What to pay: Embroidery pieces are expensive because they are all handmade work, but you can find more economical options if you are interested.
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Any shop & Open markets: LOCAL PRODUCTS OF PELIION
HERBS AND TEA:
I want to start with the most popular fruit of Pelion. This is ‘fyriki’. It is a type of small apple cultivated in the villages of Pelion. This specific apple makes a nice spoon sweet.
The gathering of different herbs is another popular activity of locals here and you can find them in open markets mostly at the bit Squares of the different Villages.
There are several Women Co-operative establishments throughout Pelion where herbs and teas and different home-made jams and sweets are on sale.
AN ABUNDANCE OF FRUIT:
A FRUIT PARADISE!
Depending on the season the visitor finds fruit of excellent quality and taste. If you are up here for instance in May you will find apricots and plums.
If you love cherries it is better to visit Pelion in mid June. There are two kinds of cherries –the usual black and the white-orangish mostly used for desserts.
Are you fond of peaches or nectarines? Then come around the middle of July, and one or two weeks later expect to taste plums and pears.
The whole of July and early August the mulberry trees are producing in quantity. I love mulberries but I don’t pick them anymore as I am scared that they leave stain on the clothes and everywhere they fall.
Do you wonder what I do here when I am out for a stroll on the mountains these days? I pick black raspberries from bushes daily. I have come across a lady one day selling them for €5 a kilo but I love picking them myself. I think it is fun to pick them fresh as they are each day. They are huge and succulent. Mind you, I prefer to have them as a fruit and I manage to have a bowl of them every single night. (marmalade has lots of calories)
Figs are ready around mid of August and these give way to grapes and apples. I see apple trees landed with apples when we are out but apples are not yet ripe. Out of curiosity I asked some locals and I was told that they will start picking them the first week of September.
Pelion is the main apple growing area in the country and ZAGORA apples are among the best in the world with a sealed recognition by the European Union.
Kiwi is another fruit that grows well in Greece but it takes longer to ripen out here –not before November.*
Traditional Greek Desserts
What to buy: Accross the mountain villages of Pilion, you'll come accross shops selling greek traditional desserts in very presentable jars. There is a variety of ingredients used for these desserts, but it's mainly local fruit and nuts in syrup. Local apple sweet desserts is a must, but you can also try apricot, strawberries, cherry, sour cherry, lemon and more unusual tastes like eggplants or chestnuts in syrup.
What to pay: There are fixed prices indicated on the shelf, expect to pay between EUR3,50 to EUR7,00 per jar, depending on the size and the ingredients.
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Lidl: Supermarket Shopping
If you have transport and think it is worth the trip, there is a large Lidl in Volos with very good prices.
There was only one type of beer on offer and they didn't have tonic water or proper Coke.
What to buy: I bought all my ouzo here.
What to pay: Cheaper than Greek supermarkets but you can't get everything.
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In all stores: Must buy in Pilion
Every shop in Pilion is special. They are all small and traditional with friendly shop keepers.
What to buy: Many things made of clay and traditional deserts (fruits in syrup).
What to pay: It depends on what you buy.