Babounis, Naxos, Aegean Islands
The Babounis family have kept their own herd of sheep and goats for cheesemaking on the island of Naxos for over 70 years. The animals roam freely and eat the rich native vegetation that grows in the Filoti area; they graze in the mountaintops and down by the coast, where they drink sea water. These are just some of the details that make Babounis cheese stand out. It is a rarity these days to find a real farmhouse cheese, one that is produced entirely on a single farm from their own milk, let alone a farm near the beach at Agiasos. The Babounis’ recipes have been handed down for generations and include the Naxos PDO Arseniko and dried Anthotyro cheese.