Kafeneio Mesochori at the square

"Kafeneio" or "Vaggelio", as we call it around here, is a very cute cafe - tavern at the square (πλατεία in Greek) in Kato Pedina village that has established itself through the years as the local hangout in Central Zagori

“Kafeneio Mesochori” or “Vaggelio” as we call it around here, is a very cute cafe – tavern at the square (“πλατεία” in Greek) in Kato Pedina village that has established itself through the years as the local hangout in Central Zagori. Rain or shine,…

Craterellus cornucopioides

Craterellus cornucopioides, or horn of plenty, is an edible mushroom. It can also be known as the black chanterelle, black trumpet, trompette de la mort (French) or trumpet of the dead. One the many autumn mushrooms in the Zagori region in Greece

Craterellus cornucopioides, or horn of plenty, is an edible mushroom. It can also be known as the black chanterelle, black trumpet, trompette de la mort (French) or trumpet of the dead. The Cornucopia, in Greek mythology, referred to the magnificent horn of the nymph…

Autumn in Zagori

Autumn in Zagori Greece

Autumn in Zagori in a few pictures …

Kanela and Garyfallo Restaurant

Kanela and Garyfallo, a unique restaurant with cozy, romantic atmosphere specializing in Gourmet Mushrooms (more than 20different wild mushrooms) in Zagori, Epirus, Greece

Kanela and Garyfallo Restaurant, a mushroom heaven in Vitsa village Central Zagori A gastronomic stop in Vitsa village in Central Zagori, Epirus, where you can taste dishes made from at least 20 different type of wild locally collected mushrooms but also home grown ones….

Traditional Zagori pies

Traditional pies in the Zagori region of Epirus, Greece

More than what meets the eye… the best traditional pies around the region of the Zagorochoria at “Takis” coffee stop in Aspraggeloi valley! On your way to central Zagori as you drive from Ioannina city and just before the village of Aspraggeloi on the…

Amanita caesarea

Fresh Amanita Caesarea in a forest in the Zagori area in Ioannina

Amanita caesarea, commonly known in English as Caesar’s mushroom, is a highly regarded edible mushroom in the genus Amanita, native to Zagori, Greece. This mushroom was a favorite of early rulers of the Roman Empire hence it’s name Caesarea. It was known to and valued…

Autumn mushrooms

Autumn mushrooms, boletus aereus and amanita caesarea, in Zagori

Autumn is the best time to go hunting for mushrooms. The past few weeks were quite rainy for the season so when the temperature rose a bit and the sun shone the magic world of the fungi made it’s glorious appearance in the forests…

Blackberries

Blackberry picking season in the mountains of Epirus

Greek: βατόμουρα A purply black-coloured berry comprising many individual seed-containing fruits surrounding a cone-shaped core. Wonderfully juicy, they’re good raw (straight from the hedge!) or cooked and are bursting with vitamin C. Wild, they’re often called brambles meaning any impenetrable scrub. Sometimes called the “Cabernet…

Lithos restaurant in central Zagori

Lithos restaurant in Central Zagori, Epirus, Greece

Lithos is a restaurant in central Zagori with an excellent view to the mountains of Pindus. It is located in the most beautiful village of the region Dilofo, close to the villages of Bitsa, Monodendri, Kipoi, Pedina. Following are some comments from happy visitors in…

Boletus

The name is derived from the Latin term bōlētus 'mushroom' from the Ancient Greek "βωλίτης", ultimately from bōlos/βώλος 'lump' or 'clod'. In Greece Boletus is also called "the king of mushrooms" - "βασιλομανίταρο".

The name is derived from the Latin term bōlētus ‘mushroom’ from the Ancient Greek “βωλίτης”, ultimately from bōlos/βώλος ‘lump’ or ‘clod’. In Greece Boletus is also called “the king of mushrooms” – “βασιλομανίταρο”. The fruit body has a large cap which on occasion can reach…