This year, Corona cancelled a lot of things for many people. Due to the odd circumstances, I won’t be travelling back to my most favorite summer destination, Aegina. All I hope is that times will get better and the opportunity to get back there will come soon!
Aegina/Aigina is one of the Saronic Islands of Greece. It is not that far from Athens and the port of Piraeus… Tradition derives the name from Aeigina, the mother of the hero Aeacus, who was born on the island and later on became its king. During ancient times, Aegina was the rival of Athens in sea power.
Today, Aegina is known for the cultivation of pistachios. By 1950, the pistachio cultivation had displaces the rest of the agricultural activity due to its high profitability. As a result, the first pistachio peeling factory was established in the Plakakia area by Grigorios Konidaris.