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Ziona from Syrrako (spread)

A traditional spread for bread or rusks.
Ηπειρώτικο Πρωινό-Ziona from Syrrako (spread)
Before cooking...

In the mountainous region of Syrrako, people sourced most of the raw materials essential to their survival from their livestock. Not just meat and dairy products for their everyday diet but also wool from their sheep, which helped locals develop a thriving textile industry. It was where the impenetrable from cold and rain Syrrakiote wool capes were sewn, making the little Aromanian village famous across the Old Continent.

Ziona from Syrrako (spread)

Ingredients

To add flavor to the Syrrakiote ziona, they used the dried leaves of a native plant called “melilotos,” or sweet yellow clover. Alternatively, you can use another aromatic plant like rose geranium.

  • 250 g sheep butter
  • 5 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp dried sweet yellow clover
  • 1 pinch of salt

Note: A pinch of salt is the amount you can hold between your thumb, index, and middle finger.

Execution

  1. Place a saucepan on low heat, add the butter, and let it melt.
  2. Add the flour and salt, and mix. Add the finely chopped onion and the dried sweet yellow clover, and mix again.
  3. Slowly cook the mixture until the butter rises to the top. Take the pan off the heat, remove the butter with a spoon, and your spread is ready.
  4. Serve the ziona hot, spread on slices of fresh bread.

This traditional sweet delicacy is an excellent addition to an energizing breakfast. Especially during a cold winter day, as was once enjoyed by the Aromanians of Pindos.

After cooking...

Seen from afar, the beautiful Syrrako seems to hang from the slopes above the gorge of river Chrousias. A historical Epirus village, it’s now a protected traditional settlement where no cars or other motor vehicles are allowed. Walk through the village’s entrance, and you’ll find yourself in the middle of an imposing grey complex of picturesque stone houses and alleyways, a place where time literally stood still.

Ηπειρώτικο Πρωινό-After cooking...