The Cretan diet is worldwide known for its benefits on health and the delicious flavor and richness. The Mediterranean diet is based on the Cretan diet and many eating habits have become a standard diet in many countries abroad.
In Sitia, because of its fertile soil and ideal climate the olive groves thrive as well as the vineyards that give excellent virgin olive oil and high quality wine respectively. In the surrounding fields there are countless beehives and bees give pure honey. The local products growing in the land of Sitia have received numerous awards for their quality.
The people from Sitia are known for their talent in cooking and for their efforts for the preservation and dissemination of Sitia kitchen. In almost every village you will see clubs which aim to promote the traditions, culture and culinary history of Eastern Crete. Some traditional recipes of Sitia are the upwards kalitsounia, the steiaka xerotigana, the stafidota and omathies, definitely worth trying.