Food Preservation in a Cretan Market

It’s always interesting to see what others are preserving at home!

raki, honey, and herbs

Home preserved goods at the market in Chania, Crete

Earlier this year we had what I am calling, “My Great Greek Adventure.” We spent two weeks in Athens and Crete. If you’ve ever considered traveling to Greece – GO! The people are friendly and welcoming, the food is fantastic, the prices are reasonable, and the markets are plenty.

This particular photo was taken at a Saturday market in Chania, Crete. I had to stifle myself there, as I had no place to cook or store the fresh artichokes, greens and cheeses that I wanted. But several vendors were also selling preserved wares. This particular vendor had bottles and bottles of homemade flavored raki, dried herbs – many of which can only be found in Crete, flavored olive oils, and excellent local honey.

Raki is an acquired taste, that I never did acquire. But my husband purchased a couple of different kinds while we were there. I came home with herbs, jam, and olive oil.

Just looking at the photo makes me yearn to go back.

by Renee Pottle

Renee Pottle, a freelance writer and Home Economist, is fanatic about all things food. She blogs about canning and food preservation at Find her professional food writing info at

August 8, 2015

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