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An Insider's Guide to Mykonos

Greek wild greens call horta

In this article, we will talk about three of my favourite greens. Amaranth (Amarantus blitum) known locally as Vlita commonly found in summer, Common Reichardia (Picridium vulgare) found in winter, Black bryony (Tamus communis), Avronies, wild asparagus found in spring.

Greek wild greens such as Amaranth (Vlita) and Common Reichardia (Picridium vulgare) hold a special place in Greek cuisine. Known as “horta,” these nutritious and flavourful greens are beloved for their unique taste and versatility in cooking.

To prepare these greens, they are typically boiled or steamed until tender. They can be enjoyed on their own with a drizzle of olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice, or incorporated into various dishes such as soups, stews, pies, and salads. The Greeks often refer to Common reichardia by the names “pikralida” or “galatsida,” while Black bryony is known as “Avronies.” These names add to the cultural richness surrounding these traditional ingredients.

Amaranth leaves have a slightly earthy flavour with a hint of sweetness. They are tender yet robust in texture. They are in plentiful in summer. When cooked, they retain their vibrant green colour and provide a delightful contrast to other ingredients in a dish.

Common reichardia a winter green, has a slightly bitter taste that pairs well with tangy flavours like lemon or vinegar. Its leaves have an appealing crispness when raw but soften nicely when cooked. You can find this green growing wild in the garden of our villa during winter.

Black bryony leaves offer a mild flavour. These are one of the most prized of all Greek greens. There are wild asparagus and are a delicacy in Greece, commonly foraged in Crete and other parts of Greece. I had the opportunity of tasting them wild in Mykonos during my spring hike with yummy pedals.

These Greek wild greens not only bring unique flavours to the table but also offer numerous health benefits due to their high nutritional content. Packed with vitamins and minerals, they contribute to overall well-being and are considered an essential part of Mediterranean cuisine. Whether you’re a fan of traditional Greek dishes or simply looking to explore new flavours, incorporating these wild greens into your cooking repertoire can add a touch of authenticity and nourishment to your meals. Next time you are in Greece look out for these greens, lovingly call Horta in Greece.

When it comes to hotel amenities

When it comes to hotel amenities, Villa Hurmuses goes above and beyond to provide a luxurious experience for its guests. From plush bathrobes to convenient bags, we have thought of everything to ensure your stay is nothing short of extraordinary.

One of the standout features at Villa Hurmuses is our selection of bath amenities. We like to support local. Olive Era is a brand I came across while exploring the Island of Paros. Their products utilize the many qualities of olive oil, to create a full line of care products featuring olive oil as the main ingredient combined with a variety of Greek herbs and extracts. Our bathrobes provided are not only incredibly soft and comfortable, but they also add a touch of elegance to your relaxation time. Slip into one after a long day of exploring the island or indulge in some well-deserved pampering.

In addition to the bathrobes, Villa Hurmuses also provides bags for your convenience. Whether you need a tote bag for carrying your essentials to the beach or a handy bag for storing your belongings while you explore Mykonos, these thoughtful amenities make it easy for you to enjoy every moment of your stay without any worries.

At Villa Hurmuses, we understand that it’s the little details that make all the difference. So sit back, relax, and let us take care of every aspect of your comfort and enjoyment during your time in Mykonos.

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