Greece and the Greek Islands are world known for the many tasty and lovely traditional products. You can find those Greek products in the little markets, villages and in the beautiful islands of Greece. Products are an important aspect of Greek culinary culture. Here is a list of some of the many local products of Greece that visitors can find, buy and bring back home.
All these quality products are used to make the delicious Greek recipes.
At the bottom of the page you will be able to discover products in many locations of Greece and the Greek islands.
Natural and manufactured products
Information about natural products (olives, honey, wine, alcohol, vinegar and more) and manufactured products (carpets, leather, handicrafts, jewellery)
Information about natural products of Greece like olives and olive oil, honey, wine, alcohol, vinegar, herbs, spices, nuts and sweet.
Olives & Olive Oil
The Greek olive and its virgin oil is considered as one of the best in the world. It is the basis of the Greek and Mediterranean diet. It is a healthy product and medical researches have proved that it is one of the reasons that Cretans live longer. Olive and olive oil is produced all over Greece.
The production of honey is a Greek tradition that dates back to the antiquity. Greece, with its great variety of plants and flowers, produces different tastes of honey. This product is considered as one of the best in the world and the best honey can only be found in mountain villages.
Wine was born in Greece and it is a Greek tradition since the antiquity. Wine processing was actually invented in Greece. Today, one can enjoy a great diversity of Greek wines: red, white and rose, sweet or dry. Greece also produces some famous kinds of wine like the Retsina, a white wine which has an accentuated resin taste, and the Mavrodafni, a dark red wine which reminds the Portuguese Porto.
For a detailed gallery of Greek wines, see the section of Greek food and wines.
Ouzo is the most famous Greek alcohol of Greece and its trademark. It is a strong alcohol with the taste of Anis which can be served straight or with water. It is accompanied with little meets (mezedes). Tsipouro reminds the Ouzo but has a stronger taste. Depending of the region, it is also called Raki.
Greece has a variety of tasty natural vinegar made from wine.
Greece has a great variety of herbs and plants with many virtues: mountain tea, oregano, sage, chamomile, sage, basil, mint, parsley.
Greece is also famous for the many spices used in the food: sesame (white sesame also), the cumin, the machlepi and the valuable red saffron.
Greece also produces a large variety of nuts: almonds, pistasamos, dry grapes, sun flowers seeds, melon seeds, hazel-nut, peanuts.
Greece has a large variety of sweets and most of them are the heritage of the Ottoman’s occupation. They are very sugary. Some of them are the Galaktobouriko (thin paste, cream, cinnamon and syrup), the Kataifi (honey, nuts, thin crystallized layers of honey), the Halva (ground sesame seeds with favours of honey, vanilla, chocolate), and the Pasteli (a bar made of grilled sesame and honey).
Information about manufactured products of Greece like carpets and rugs, leather, handicrafts and jewellery.
Carpets and rugs
Hand made carpets and rugs have been a part of the Greek tradition for centuries. The actual main production areas of rugs can be found around the town of Tripolis, in the Peloponnese, and around the towns of Trikala and Karditsa in Thessaly. Carpets are known since the antiquity, one can even find allusions to them in the mythology. The most important centres of hand-weaving are in Lefkada island, Anogeia and Metsovo.
Leather is a specialty in Greece. Many leather items of all qualities can be found in the country: shoes, clothes, sandals, handbags, gloves, hats and more.
Many traditional handicrafts can be found in Greece: knotted carpets, embroidered cushion covers, woodwork and much more.
Jewel is a Greek tradition dated to the antiquity. Many jewellery shops, famous or not, offer a large variety of jewels: golden or silver jewellery or objects to reproductions of ancient jewellery and ornaments. Islands like Santorini island and Mykonos island has specialized in jewellery.