Vjosa Valley food

more than a year ago
Albanians will immediately think of one product when it comes to traditional food along the upper reaches of the Vjosa river valley - and that is Përmet’s sweet, sticky gliko. Fresh, organic fruit from the orchards of the area are left whole in a compote made with lime. Guests can expect to be treated to this speciality often, served on a little plate with a spoon on arrival, or for dessert. The best of these may well be the delicious gliko arre made with whole green walnuts and containing almond, geranium flowers and lemongrass.
Rose syrup, strong raki liqueur made with local grape varieties, plums, blackberries or juniper, white wine and rare rose hip wine are other products of the Vjosa valley’s gardens and vineyards, and mountain villages in the area are famous for their dairy products and honey.
For hot meals, stuffed eggplant and peppers are commonly served together with sausage, grilled lamb, veal or fish, as well as hearty pies with cheese and or spinach. The Përmet city website has a good overview of local specialities to put on your checklist (www.permet.al/taste), and many restaurants and guesthouses in the region are proud to serve their local cuisine, making it increasingly easy for visitors to taste and support these age-old traditions. 


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