Kaikanas in the community of Kilani


Kilani Villagers Association


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Brief description:

Kaikanas is a kind of traditional dish made of fried, syrupy, dough. It’s soaked with epsima (thick grape syrup) and always decorated on a big plate with a few leaves of pelargonium. This type of cottage industry in Kilani is also due to the easy access to raw materials mainly, flour, oil and epsima, since the villagers cultivated olives, vines and cereals. Kaikanas is certainly a practical expression of the knowledge and techniques of the women of Kilani and an integral part of its cultural heritage, since it is intertwined with various customs of the village such as, for example, the customs of vine planting.  The Kilani Kaikanas is still made today and the tradition is passed on in the context of everyday life.