The Citron fruit was known in antiquity as the median apples or in latin Citrus Medica. It is used in Arab countries as a replacement for vinegar because of it's acidity. In Persia it is used for flavoring fruit salads and marinating meat. The leaves are used for tea and the fruit is used to make citron oil and citric acid. They say the fruit was introduced to the Mediterranean area by Alexander the Great and was called the Median Apple from Media, the ancient name for Persia. Up until the Christian era it was the only citrus fruit cultivated in Europe.
In Greece the fruit is preserved and made into spoon-sweets and candies. The leaves were distilled into a raki and the Citron liquor which the island of Naxos is famous for. By the late 19th Century Citron was the main export of Naxos to Russia, Austria, France and the USA. Up until the sixties the fruit tree was abundant on the island but then they began to be replaced by other crops and the drink became less popular with the introduction of alcohol from other countries. The citron trees are still cultivated in Naxos Town, Engares, Halki, Melandes and Apollonas. The tree has purple flowers and large, thick-skinned aromatic fruit and orchards are usually surrounded by kalamia (reeds) to protect them from the winds.
For distillation the leaves are collected in October, being careful not to take too many and hurt the tree. The trees are thorned so care must also be taken not to hurt yourself. They are then laid out and dampened with water. They are then placed in a broiler with pure alcohol and water and distilled up to three times, then flavored with sugar.
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LeeLoo (0) 2010-03-01 2:25
Dear Vasilis Protopapas!
Amazing black dog. Wonderful place. Nice shot. Very fine colors. Funny picture.
prabut (3548) 2010-03-01 3:03
Cosy and friendly place to drink coffee. Nice frame and nice colors.
ciakgiak (30433) 2010-03-01 3:04
bella prospettiva sull'esterno di questo tipico caffè.
Perfetta l'inquadratura con l'inserimento dell'insegna in alto e del cane in basso, belli luce e colori.
Buona settimana carissimo.
Cretense (68703) 2010-03-01 3:11
Γεια σου Βασίλη!
Πολυ όμορφη, γραφική γωνιά, μια φωτογραφία "φιλόξενη", εκτός αν ο σκύλος είναι άγριος, μιά πρόσκληση για χαλάρωση! Ωραίο κάδρο και σύνθεση, πολυ καλός φωτισμός!
TopGeo (38216) 2010-03-01 4:39
Γειά σου Βασίλη!
Υπέροχη και ήρεμη γωνιά για να απολαύση κανείς μια στιγμή χαλάρωσης! Καλή στιγμή και σημείωση! Μονοδική ευκαιρία. Χαιρετώ σε!
bema (26425) 2010-03-01 4:55
another nice location and for sure a place to have a rest there, think they will have good dishes.. and also a great atmosphere..
have a nice day, greetings Bernd
npecanhuk (78497) 2010-03-01 4:55
Very beautiful and attractive photograph!
The composition with all those interesting elements is magnificent, with all of them so nicely and perfectly placed in the frame!
Excellent quality! So pleasant to see!
TFS - congratulations!
Have a great week!
asajernigan (21427) 2010-03-01 5:02
This is a nicely composed shot of this cafe complete with welcoming committee. The vertical format is great spotlighting just the front of the cafe while showing it's full height. The lighting and colors are great with excellent sharpness.
Buin (42506) 2010-03-01 8:58
Good evening Vasilis!
A wonderful picture and a great note - in terms of TE! I like this picturesque and homey place very much. It's so inviting! Let's have a coffee there ... ;-)Greetings from still cold Germany!
saxo042 (37966) 2010-03-01 11:36
A comfortably shadowed place with pleasant chairs and a big black dog. A nice place for a morning coffee!
mesutilgim (97474) 2010-03-01 13:33
Another perfect "Aegean" scene !
Good pov and nice soft light; which puts every detail perfect to our sight.
Good and usefull notes as well.
TFS and best regards
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2010-03-02 0:37
nice capture of this shot. Interesting note with it. Great light and clarity. Depth is fine. Excellent composition with the chairs and sofas. Nice to see the designed floor. Superb. Tfs.
Have a nice week.
rodgerg (55767) 2010-03-03 3:33
A verticla format and an excellent framing well selected for the presentation of this very plesant and sympatic place. Image rich in details well colected and beautiful contrast. Note very interesting too.
afroditi (731) 2010-03-05 4:25
Katapliktiki eikona poli elliniki!Wraia xrwmata kalo kadro kai shmeio lipsis!
- Copyright: Vasilis Protopapas (vasilpro) (41661)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-07-22
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D90, Nikon AF-S VR 18-105mm f/3.5 - 5.6G ED, Hoya 62mm Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/160 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Naxos island - Cyclades, Greece
- Theme(s): Naxos Island (2)- Greece [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2010-03-01 2:21