At last … snow

After heavy thunderstorms, floods, extremely low temperatures, snow is welcome in the region of Zagori. The photograph is of the plain of Soudena in central Zagori, close to the villages of Elafotopos, Ano Pedina and Kato Pedina

After heavy thunderstorms, floods, extremely low temperatures, snow is welcome in the region of Zagori. The photograph is of the plain of Soudena in central Zagori, close to the villages of Elafotopos, Ano Pedina and Kato Pedina.

Truffle hunting in Zagori

Truffle hunting in Zagori Greece

The day started with fog and drizzle but turned out to a be dry one with beautiful autumn colours and clouds. After talking to Katerina over the phone the meeting was set for eastern Zagori where Christos and the three hunting dogs were waiting…

It is the season for tsipouro in Zagoria

Making tsipouro the traditional way in Zagori, Epirus, Greece, with good friends, music, grilled sheep and homemade cheese

Making tsipouro in Zagori using the traditional method of steam distillation, with the company of good friends, traditional Epirotic music (local music from Epirus), … grilled sheep and homemade cheese. Tsipouro (Greek: τσίπουρο), a pomace brandy from Greece that comes in two types: pure and…

Autumn in Zagori

Autumn in Zagori Greece

Autumn in Zagori in a few pictures …

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…

Restoring an old wood stove

NORMA 20th century cast iron wood stoves, Greece

The stove was discovered in 2009 on the island of Tenos in the Cyclades in the garbage where it’s second owner disposed of it. It was originally bought and used by it’s first owner in Konitsa, Epirus, who moved it to Athens in the mid-1950s to his shop in the…

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…

Cantharellus cibarius (Chanterelle)

Cantharellus cibarius, or else known as the chanterelle, is a a spring-fall mushroom in the area of Zagori in Epirus, Greece

Cantharellus cibarius, or else known as the chanterelle, golden chanterelle or girolle, is a fungus. It is orange or yellow, meaty and funnel-shaped. On the lower surface, underneath the smooth cap, it has gill-like ridges that run almost all the way down its stipe,…

Mushroom hunting season

Wild mushroom picking (hunting) season has just began in the Zagori region of Epirus in Northern Greece

Lots of rain for the season and the imminent sunshine due only mean one thing… mushrooms! Already Cantharellus cibarius, commonly known as the chanterelle, have been spotted at the lower altitudes of the Zagori and Morchella, the true morels, at the fir tree forests of Mitsikeli….