On Karpathos, you can find unique traditional products. Taste the “makarounes” hand-made pasta, local meat, “myzithropites” – pies stuffed with the “myzithra” cheese variety – the “kouloures” bread rings, the narwhal shrimps of Symi (Parapandalus narval) and parrotfishes (Sparisoma cretense). The latter are endemic to the Mediterranean Sea and, more specifically, to the Southeast Aegean sea.
Some of the traditional products of Karpathos island include: “psilokoulouro”, “kremmydopsomo” (onion bread), the “manouli” cheese variety, salted sardines, honey and oil.
There is a wide range of traditional dishes, such as the “makarounes” pasta variety usually served in a sauce of fried onions, the “kolokythoanthi” dish (stuffed baby courgette flowers), parrotfishes, the “yahni” dish, vegetables or meat cooked in tomato sauce, “ofto” (“vyzanti” – stuffed lamb or goat with groats cooked in a wood-burning oven), “fakorizo” (browned lentils with rice and onions) and triangular small pies with boiled greens called “kopeles”.
Some of the traditional desserts of Karpathos include: local baklava (pastry made of many layers of paper-thin dough with a filling of ground nuts, baked and then drenched in a syrup of honey), “trigona” (triangular, rich and flaky cheese pastries), “sissamomeli” (dessert made from sesame and honey), “tourtes” (pies stuffed with the “sitaka” or “myzithra” cheese varieties), “myzithropites” (pies with the myzithra cheese variety) as well as the “poughia” and “zibilia” pastries.