Fava Feast at Schinoussa
Schinoussa is one of the smallest inhabited islands in the Cyclades, with an area of just over 8 square kilometers. Located south of Naxos, which is administratively owned, it is one of the five islands that constitute the so-called “Small Cyclades” (along with Heraklia, Donousa, Koufonissia and the uninhabited Keros).
Schinoussa has been a popular holiday destination in recent years and there are many good reasons for it. It is small in size and you can even walk on foot and visit its beautiful beaches to swim and relax. It has good tourist infrastructure and hospitable locals who will make the best of your vacation. It attracts conscious visitors – lovers of alternative tourism who help it not lose its identity and authenticity.
What has stood out in recent years and has become a popular destination is the fava celebration. Below we refer to this feast and fava seed.
Schinoussa produces and celebrates
An example of the value of rare fruits of Greek land is the special fava, otherwise the fava, as they call it in Schinoussa! The particular seed that is cultivated on the island comes from the leguminous katsouni – pisum sativum- (and not from the stink, like the favs we usually eat), making this variety sweeter and softer.
It is noteworthy that it won the first place at the Cyclades Gastronomy Festival in the Sifnos in September 2012. His seed and cultivation passed down from generation to generation. As a stored product, it was a staple food throughout the year. Anyway, in the barren Cycladic islands, like all Koufonisia, the land offers little.
The Favas Festival is organized in Schinoussa and is dedicated to the local product of the island, fava. It is a high nutritional agricultural product with a long tradition on the island. The importance of fava for residents is of great importance, as it has been able to attract young people to return to the island and engage in its production. The regeneration of fava cultivation is therefore directly linked to the regeneration of tourism and the local economy.