Fava of Santorini

'Santorini fava' - Santorini
'Santorini fava' - Attribution: Navin75

Fava is one of the island's most characteristic traditional dishes. It is made out of fava beans, which have been cultivated in Santorini for about 3,500 years now and it is one of the main sources of income for many of the island's inhabitants.

The fava of Santorini boasts a unique flavor, which comes out due to the specific cultivation and production methods used in the island. The fava beans are cultivated in soil that has been enriched by the volcanic ashes, and according to the traditional production methods, the beans are left to mature underground and then dried under the sun before they are cooked.