At Panokosmos we serve fruit with every breakfast, usually the “Panokosmos fruit platter”. Over the years these have become a bit of a trademark of ours. In Crete we get wonderful fruit, changing with the seasons.
Fruit in season
There are always apples and pears, but in May/June we get apricots. Then there are strawberries. Peaches follow, then nectarines – at the height of their season they are divine. About this time the vanillies – a sort of plum – arrives, beautifully dark skinned and superbly sweet. There are all sorts of melons, white, golden or green fleshed. Later on come figs – black and green. We have a little tree in the garden which produces masses of lovely fruit, sensuously fleshy and gloriously sweet. Local kiwis, both green and golden are available much of the summer. We love the ones from the Rethymnon area, which seem to have a particular combination of sweet and sharp tastes. We add pineapples and coconut from afar!
Playing with colours
I love playing with the colours and shapes of the fruit. The platter is like a sort of canvas, with the fruit providing the painting palette. Every day is different, and I never know what shape is going to come out when I start. For example it may be the colour of the fruit, or a particular section, or an arrangement that starts it off. Sometimes symmetrical, sometimes random. We had a film session cellist staying with us so I created successive platters for him representing atonal and tonal harmony!
The green garnish
One consistent theme in the Panokosmos fruit platter is the green garnish. I go out into our garden in search of a sprig of green – it can be mint, I try to get one in flower. Otherwise it can be a beautifully scented verbena (called louiza by the Greeks), which we have. I’ve used nasturtium flower, or sometimes the young delicate shoots from our vines. As a holiday alternative I’ll make a parasol from the end of a plum or a lime.
Breakfasts at Panokosmos
Our breakfasts are different every day, and we serve them in different parts of the garden. As a result this gives our guests new views and perspectives of our surroundings. Both the breakfast courses and the location are a surprise. One guests was a keen birdwatcher, so usually could spot us setting up with his binoculars from the apartment. However, for most it is a surprise!
As is the Panokosmos fruit platter! Come stay with us to try it out for yourself!
Lots more to see and do…
In any case for your holiday in Crete you might like to look at our blogs which show things to do in Crete, whether it be walking a gorge, hiking in the foothills of the White Mountains, or taking a drive to see the sites. Chania is a great town to visit, particularly to go to the street markets, and of course you’ll want to get the benefits of the Cretan diet – be it the yoghurt and cheese, or the olive oil.