A month ago I was at the food exhibition Expotrof.
Once again I tried the wonderful products from small producers around Greece.
What great cheeses, cold cuts, jams and seafood! A huge variety and great products. Of course it wasn’t as good as last year but we had a good time anyway!
I was just about to leave when I passed by the stall run by “Dikotylon”.
A company based in Feneos near Corinth which makes and sells local pulses, legumes.
I love Feneos and all that mountainous section of Corinth. I have been there many times, and have been to Lake Doksa and its village and it is a magical place.
The problem is there is not a good road to cross from there to the mountains of Achaias which is a shame but you can’t have everything!
The very first thing that won me over were the labels on the products and I later found out they had been designed by Kiki Dimopoulou (http://trepanmark.com) . I say that the labels won me over because unlike the other products it’s not easy to try pulses like the cheeses and the cold cuts for instance how do you try pulses..not easy..
As I wanted to buy some Fava (Split peas) and lentils anyway and speaking to the lovely man at the stall, he told me I should also get some ‘vanillias’, small little beans which they have grown in the area for years now. The name does not indicate that the taste of them but they are lightly sweet and super white and look like sweet vanilla in appearance.
I forgot about them in the cupboard for a while until just yesterday I made a bean soup (Fasolada) ! And without most of the ingredients I usually need and it was incredible- the result was magical! It was the best Fsaolada I have had in years!
The Fava (Split Pea) soup I made today was also fabulous! I haven’t tried the lentils yet but I am sure they will be amazing!
I looked for their site (http://www.dikotylon.gr/index.html) and it really shows what a great job they are doing and how passionate they are about their products.
On the site you can find where you can get there products..I will go and get mine from the Mediterranean diet Shop in Athens next time I am in town….
I should also take a trip back to Feneos!!
How many trips I have yet to make I don’t know…