Trahana (TRAH hah nah) is one of the world’s most ancient foods, a nutritious grain product that originated as a way to preserve milk. Today this quick and easy comfort food is a favorite among the Greeks. With a soft creamy texture, it is nutritious, sating and delicious. This ancient “fast food” is also extremely versatile for any meal of the day as either a main dish or an accompaniment to a wide variety of foods.
To prepare trahana, just combine water (or broth) in a ratio of approximately 6:1 to trahana. Let it simmer for approximately 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. You can adjust the water or time to achieve either a soup-like, or thicker porridge-like, consistency.
Enjoy it for breakfast as a replacement for oatmeal or other hot cereals, plain or with yogurt or one of our single origin Greek honeys. It is also delicious with fried eggs.
As a meal by itself you can add things like tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, garlic and other vegetables or just a drizzle one of our Greek olive oils and a sprinkling of feta cheese and black pepper. Prepared thicker, its pleasing savory earthy flavor is an excellent accompaniment for a variety of meat dishes in place of other starches like rice, mashed potatoes or polenta.
Trahana is made from an ancient recipe that combines wheat with yogurt or buttermilk, then cooked and sun dried - resulting in tiny pasta-like pebbles ready for quick meal preparation. Our trahana is the sour variety. Tangy and delectable, it is made by a small family business in Glykovrisi, Lakonia, near the ancient city of Sparta. We chose it for its complex, rich, earthy flavor and almost umami quality.