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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 13-04-11

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Santorini ideal destination for tourism, but also gastronomy

  • [01] Santorini ideal destination for tourism, but also gastronomy

    AMNA---The island of Santorini is promoting the island's unique cuisine and products throughout the world, having declared 2013 the Year of Gastronomy on Santorini, with the aim of acquiring a high position worldwide not only as a tourist destination but also as a "gastronomic destination".

    The picturesque southern Aegean island, with its lacy coasts and spectacular volcanic 'caldera', produces a series of native products that are unique in the world, due to its singular subsoil, and frequently supply cannot keep up with the high demand.

    These unique qualities were showcased by Thira Mayor Anastasios Zorzos, the head of archaeological digs at Akrotiri Christos Doumas and the chief of the Santorini Volcano Study and Monitoring Institute Michalis Fytikas, at an event in Thessaloniki on Wednesday.aman

    According to the speakers, Santorini enjoys singular weather conditions, such as little rainfall, which results in the plants growing large root systems, given the produce a unique taste. As the plants adapt, they fruit they produce develop tough peels but more tasty fruit and become more resilient to the weather conditions.

    "Through tourism, we will try to project our products, and we have drafted a plan to brief the tavernas, hotels, wineries and owners of rooms-to-let, especially this year which is the Year of Gastronomy," Mayor Zorzos said while Fytikas, a professor of geology, said that given that Greece has active volcanoes on Santorini, Nissyros and in Methana, it could unify the volcanic regions and project the beautiful geological landscapes that developed over the centuries from the volcanic explosions.

    Researcher Ekaterini Traka, spoke of the unique agricultural products of Santorini, such as the Santorini cherry tomato, which is known since 1870-18880 when it was first cultivated. Santorini also grows crocus (saffron) in several parts of the island, while Santorini capers and its white-skinned eggplant are also famed throughout the world, but production is too small to meet the demand, she added.


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