1.Sotirelis Olive Oil Museum Thassos (Greece) (www.sotirelis.gr)
Olive oil has been produced in our family-owned and operated factory for four generations. The production was completely based on our water mill. When the production started in our factory in 1915, water from the three mountain springs was used to power the mill. The water turned the mill and the power generated was transmitted to the machinery to produce olive oil. Our watermill is the only one still functional in Greece where you may come and watch it work.
Our factory went through many technological advances year by year when electricty became available on the island in 1968. You can see many industrial machines that were brought in over time to help improve olive oil quality, output and speed. Our olive oil factory produced oil until 2007. Throughout its lifetime, many improvements and modifications were introduced allowing it to produce more olive oil than any other traditional style factory in Greece.
Here is where you can look at our finnished products and also take a tour of our exhibit. The exhibit takes you through the process of how we used to produce olive oil with the traditional method. We have many pictures and also a video that our visitors may watch to learn about the entire production process. Here you can learn the steps from picking the olives from the trees all the way to pouring the olive oil into the bottles. Also learn interesting information about olive oil, olive trees and olives. You can also buy our products here.
2.Carob Mill Museum Limassol (Cyprus Island)-Free entrance
Address:Vasilissis, 11/1, Limassol; (Show map)
Carob Mill Museum is located in the center of the old town neighborhood of Limassol, inside an early 20th century carob mill building. The museum tells about the many uses of carob, including the manufacture of film, medicine and sweets. Among museum objects is the carob processing equipment.
3.Museum Olei Histriae (Pula, Croatia)
„The olive tree is a symbol of the Mediterranean. We could also say that the Mediterranean is where olives grow. In Istria the tree has given much since ancient times; food, medicine, fuel and material for the production of different objects. For thousands of years it has been central to Istrian lives.“
The House of Istrian Olive Oil located in the center of Pula
tells the story of olive growing in Istria through history to the present day. Visiting the museum, you can discover why Istrian olive oil was highly valued by the ancient Romans and how it was produced; what happened to olive oil production during the Middle Ages, how oil was produced by our ancestors and how it is produced today and finally, what are the secrets of creating an extra virgin olive oil of premium quality.
Every visit includes an oil tasting led by a trained person.
You will learn why Istrian olive oils are considered one of the best in the world, you can try oils from different Istrian producers, taste different varietal oils and blends.
Now in one place, person can buy Croatian – Istrian olive oil. We offer best istrian extra virgin olive oil for sale from over 25 producers: Oio Vivo, Brist, Chiavalon , Olea bb – Belic family, Meloto, Olea Prima, Salvela, Negri, Dolija, Mate, Balija, Ipša and many other olive oils.
Included in the price is the audio-guide in 12 languages. For our youngest visitors we arranged a kids corner, so parents can enjoy their tasting of top-quality istrian oils having the children entertained.
MUSEUM OLEI HISTRIAE
Ulica sv.Teodora 1a
Tel: +385 52 661 235
GSM: +385 99 258 41 15
4.Carob Museum Anogyra (Cyprus Island)
Carob is one of Cyprus’ favourite fruits, and it has been celebrated on the international stage. For anyone looking to learn more about carob, a visit to the village of Anogyra in Limassol is the best place to discover its history, production, and health benefits.
Located in the foothills of Limassol, Anogyra is a charming village surrounded by carob orchards. Many locals cultivate the fruit and produce several carob products including a bittersweet carob syrup.
Carob, also known as ‘black gold’, is an important part of Anogyra’s history. Anogyra is known for retaining local customs and for producing ’pasteli’, a healthy carob toffee that is celebrated annually with the Pasteli Festival in September.
Anogyra has three different museums that focus on carobs and Pasteli; at two of them—‘To Paradosiakon’ and ‘Mavros Chrysos’—you can also visit the nearby workshops and watch the traditional pasteli-making process.
A quaint family-run carob museum in a traditional stone house built in 1889. Visitors get the chance to see how carob toffee (pastelli) and carob syrup are traditionally made. Informative tours regarding the history and uses of carob are offered to all visitors.
Sun – Sat
8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Suggested Duration:< 1 hour
5.World Carrot Museum Raeren, Belgium
Address: Freientsbenden 79, Raeren 4731, Belgium
Amazing Museum: the stunning architecture, the informative stories, history and not to forget the infamous carrot revolution of the 1920's (www.tripadvisor)
Created more as a lark than as a serious homage to a hearty vegetable, the Museum of Carrots in Belgium is an extremely specific labor of love.
Berlotte is a tiny village directly on the Belgian-German Border and lays claim to the only “Carrot Cultivator Society” (“Möhren Zucht Verein (MZV)”) to exist in either country. Some suspect the MZV of being a practical joke but the dozen or so members emphasize that growing carrots is a serious business and nothing to joke about.
Over the years the club collected so many carrot-related pieces of memorabilia, often sent unsolicited by people learning of the Carrot Club via the Internet, that they decided to transform the abandoned electrical tower in the village into a museum. The tower is so small that visitors cannot even enter the building, but can look through a single window at the collection of vegetable tchotchkes. The exhibits even rotate when a button near the window is pushed.
Before striking out to visit, it would be wise to heed the warning on the website: “Do not expect a big and interesting exhibition. There are no staff and no entry, it is merely a small factory window.”
6.Spreewald Gherkin & Farmhouse Museum, Lehde, Germany
The place to go if you want to learn all about the role of the humble gherkin in the history of the Spreewald region of Germany and, of course, pick up some samples with which to pimp your burger.
7.Musee du Champignon, Saumur, France
Here you can learn all about the cultivation of mushrooms in caves and garner some culinary tips. Not to be confused with the Magic Mushroom Gallery in Amsterdam, which is an entirely different kettle of fungus.
Pierre et Lumière
• Route de Gennes – 49400 Saumur
• 02 41 50 70 04
8.SchweineMuseum, Stuttgart, Germany
This museum, appropriately housed in the city’s former slaughterhouse, is devoted to all forms of “swinish art, kitsch and culture”. The website proudly proclaims it to be the world’s largest. Who’s going to argue?
9.National Mustard Museum, Wisconsin, USA
One could say much the same about “the world’s largest collection of mustard and mustard memorabilia” in Middleton, Wisconsin. Clearly, the Colman’s Mustard Museum in Norwich has quite a bit of ketching up to do.
10.Frietmuseum, Bruges, Belgium
Here, in the rarefied surrounds of the 15th-century Saaihalle, you can, in the words of the museum’s website, learn all about the fascinating history of the potato, discover the crucial role it played during the Seven Years War, and learn how to make very fine chips.
11.Black Bridge Sausage Museum, Taiwan
Black Bridge is Taiwan’s foremost sausage brand, hence this gallery devoted to the company’s products – though, in fairness, it does also have a whole wall on “Sausages of the World”. And if sausage in glass cases is your thing, you might also consider visiting the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, which boasts a space sausage among its display of food from the Apollo missions.
12.Marzipan Museum, Szentendre, Hungary
Hungary’s two top confectioners and marzipan makers, Karoly Szabo and Matyas Szamos, come together in this splendidly kitsch celebration of almond paste and the wholly unnatural forms into which it can be forced, from Disney characters to a disturbing-looking Michael Jackson.
13.Kimchi museum, Seoul (The South Korea)
Apparently, more than 100,000 visitors a year flock to this museum in a Seoul shopping mall to learn all there is to know about the odoriferous national dish. Say no more.
14.The Spam Museum, Minnesota (The United States of America)
The sad news is that this temple to Hormel’s remarkably durable tinned pork product closed in September. The even sadder news is that it’s due to reopen in new, larger premises in 2016.