Stuffing zucchini flowers at Kos island -
Stuffing zucchini flowers at Kos island

I was invited to the home of a Muslim family at Platani village in Kos.

Platani, also known Kermentesh, has the distinction of having a large Turkish minority, and some of the best Turkish restaurants on the island. The village also has a mosque that suffered damages during the recent earthquake that hit the island.

Stuffing zucchini flowers at Kos island -
Stuffing zucchini flowers at Kos island
Stuffing zucchini flowers at Kos island -
Stuffing zucchini flowers at Kos island

The women that day were stuffing zucchini flowers and grape leaves (dolma) with rice, for a traditional food festival that was taking place the same night at Kardamena village. They started the process early in the morning, a daunting and repeatable job that requires a lot of patience!

Stuffing zucchini flowers at Kos island -
Stuffing zucchini flowers at Kos island

Ayse Kiotsoglou and her family would fill up a very large casserole with the zucchini flowers which then would be cooked at the festival and offered for free to the visitors.

During my visit I was offered a traditional Greek sweet called watermelon spoon, which is preserved watermelon with syrup and was delicious!

Stuffing zucchini flowers at Kos island -
Stuffing zucchini flowers at Kos island

Stuffing zucchini flowers at Kos island -
Stuffing zucchini flowers at Kos island
Stuffing zucchini flowers at Kos island -
Stuffing zucchini flowers at Kos island

Stuffing zucchini flowers at Kos island -
Stuffing zucchini flowers at Kos island
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