Trachana { Frumenty }

Traditional Trachana { Frumenty }, Zagori, Ioannina, Greece
Trachanas (Greek: τραχανάς) is a dried food based on a fermented mixture of cracked wheat and milk (whole wheat and sheeps milk in our case) or yoghurt, usually served as a thick soup with water, stock, or milk. As it is both acid and low in moisture the milk proteins keep for long periods. Tarhana is very similar to some kinds of kishk and it’s Western European equivalent is frumentyTrahana is part of the culinary scene in the hoseholds of the Zagori region. It is a centurie’s old traditional food made every year by the women of the Zagori but also of Greece in general.
Nowadays it can be readily found in the supermarkets and grocery stores but it can not compare in aroma and taste with the handmade one made here.

To make our trahana this year we used 5kg of whole wheat & about 4kg of unpasteurized sheep’s milk and got 7g of dried trahana for our winter’s supply.

Some quick words about trahana:

Trachanas (Greek: τραχανάς) is a dried food based on a fermented mixture of cracked wheat and milk (whole wheat and sheeps milk in our case) or yoghurt, usually served as a thick soup with water, stock, or milk. As it is both acid and low in moisture the milk proteins keep for long periods. Tarhana is very similar to some kinds of kishk and it’s Western European equivalent is frumenty.

Following is a photographic documentation of the whole procedure we followed to make tra(c)hana with the valuable assistance of our dear friend Katina from Ano Pedina village and the tasteful milk from her sons, Costas and Lakis, sheep.

sheep zagori, greece

trahana traditional sieve, greece

rubbing the trahana by hand in zagori
sifting the handmade trahana in zagorohoria, greece
final trahana size dropping through the sieve

year's supply of trahana... ready!!trahana in jar

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