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Winnowing fava

Today in many places of Amorgos the residents still winnow ‘katsouni’ (sweet pea -fava) or their barley –except that instead of donkeys they use machines. “Fava”, as the Amorgians call it, comes from ‘katsouni’, which constituted their basic food. You can try fava in all the taverns. In the past they cultivated cereal as well, such as meslin (wheat and rye). The bread and “pavli”, as they called their rusks, would be made of this.
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The mills

16 windmills are preserved in the area of Aegiali and 7 in Kato Meria. Above Amorgos’s Chora there are 11 windmills remaining today which once supplied the local families. They stopped operating in the 20th century. During the Occupation they continued grinding by overlooking the orders of the conquerors. The first mill, Kalogerikos, belonged to the monastery of Hozoviotissa and today it is ruined. The second mill (counting from the area of Kalogerikos) dates back to 1837. One more windmill has been restored by the Municipality of Amorgos.    
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‘Pezoules’ (terraces) and the rural buildings

They are also called ‘akmasies’. As in many other Cycladic islands they follow the gradients of the terrain, the slopes, the hills and they are built of dry stone-walls to withhold the soil and the rain water, to distinguish the properties and be protected from the strong winds. The rural buildings such as the ‘lini’ (wine presses), the stables and the ovens, the ‘zevgospita’ (old farmhouses), the threshing floors made of the same material, constitute inseparable units along with the ‘akmasies’ and make the landscape special.  
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