Paximadia (Rusks)

One of the most characteristic products in the Cretan diet, the traditional wholegrain barley rusk with olive oil, is used mostly in the making of the Cretan dakos.

Paximadi (rusk) was essentially the bread of the farmers, shepherds and sailors of Crete during the Venetian period and its preparation has developed in a variety of ways as have the production techniques. It is now available in various types, in addition to barley, which is best known.

The rusks come in two shapes: dakos are thick cut slices of bread, and the round cut paximadi cut in the middle to separate the top from the bottom.