The island of Naxos Greece has a wide variety of local products being the largest and most fertile island of the Cyclades and therefore has an important agricultural production. Some products of Naxos which are famous for their excellent quality are potatoes, tomatoes, olives, olive oil, fruits, honey, cheese, wine and the famous liqueur of Naxos called kitron. The fine marble of Naxos is also famous since the antiquity for its very high quality as well as the Smirida black stone. Handcrafted textile is also a speciality of the island.
Most of the food specialities of Naxos are made with the wide variety of the delicious cheese produced in the island. Some of the famous cheeses of Naxos are the graviera, which is a quite hard cheese with an intense taste, the mytzithra, a hard cheese mostly used on pastas and meet dishes, the manouri, a soft cheese with a light taste, the xynotyri, which is a soft cheese with an intense and a bit acid taste, the anthotyro, a delicious soft cheese, the provio, an excellent cheese made of goat's milk and the kefalotyri, a hard and salted cheese used for omelettes, on pastas and for the famous and mouth-watering fried cheese called saganaki.
According to mythology, Naxos is the island where the god Dionysus, god of wine, grew up and he loved the island so much that he made its land fertile, full of vineyards producing a high-quality wine. This myth explains why there are vineyards all over the island. Local wine can be tasted and bought in every shop and tavern of Naxos.
Another very famous product of Naxos is the famous liqueur called kitron, an aperitif made of a fruit of the same name, resembling to the lemon but with a stronger and slightly different taste. The first distillery producing kitron was established in 1896 in the village of Halki, which used to be the capital of the island.