Information about the local Products of Crete island, in Greece but also information about local products in many locations of the island: For ages, Crete island has preserved its authentic character and rich culture. It is due to the island's isolation from the rest of Greece and Venetian influences that it has maintained many of its original characteristics in language, food, art, and music.
The island is primarily known for its musical tradition, which is inspired by their emotions and passion for life. The most famous instruments that the great masters of Cretan music use are Lyra and lute. Lyra is played with a bow like a violin while lute is played like a guitar. Cretans are also known for their pottery art and embroidery that you can see in many of their clothes, traditional pieces of weaving used to embellish their household and other beautiful items made by the local women.
Crete is blessed with a wonderful nature, a mild climate and fertile land. The gastronomical heritage of the island originates from antiquity and the Minoan times. The Cretan diet is based on traditional Cretan products, in particular, the olive oil, fish, cheese and a great variety of fruits and vegetables. It is an integral part of the Mediterranean diet and it offers longevity and good health. Meals are always accompanied by the unique Cretan wine or tsikoudia (the local drink).
The island is also known for the honey production and wine tradition. It is worth mentioning that the oldest glass of wine was found in Crete and dates back for 3,500 years. Crete products are particularly famous for their excellent quality. Cretan olive oil is actually the best in the world.