Hilopites is a traditional type of pasta made with semolina, milk, eggs and flour. These ingredients are mixed and then dough is rolled into large thin rounds, which are placed on a flat surface to dry. Once dried, the rounds are cut into ribbons, which are placed in the oven for a short time to prevent spoilage. Unlike other types of pasta, hilopites are usually not drained. 

 Hilopites is an integral part of the local cuisine eaten either as a light meal (bulgur salad) or as a main course.Every year, during the second half of August, the Hilopites and Trachana Festival is celebrated in the village of Siderokastro Avlona.


As a cereal hilopites are a good source of carbohydrates. Carbohydrates constitute an energy source for the human body as they are easily dissolved and give immediate energy. Hilopites also contain complex carbohydrates, vitamins from the B group such as pantothenic acid or B5, niacin, riboflavin and thiamin and minerals (manganese, selenium and magnesium). The combination of hilopites with dairy products like mizithra improves the total biological value of the vegetable protein they contain
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