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Discovering, tasting, experiencing Greek food

Greek cooking offers an incredibly rich and diverse array of foods and beverages that are the culmination of literally thousands of years of living, cooking, and eating. While each Greek meal is fresh and inviting, it is also a trip back through Greece’s history.

Ingredients

The names of foods, cooking methods, and basic ingredients have changed little over time.

Bread, olives (and olive oil), and wine has been a part of the Greek diet for many centuries, just as they do today.

The Greek farmers produce an incredible diversity  of mainly organically produced cheeses, oils, fruits, nuts, grains, legumes, and vegetables, supplemented by a variety of greens and herbs that grow in the wild.

These are the foods that form the base of the traditional Greek regimen, to which they add both variety and nutrition.

Greece’s climate is perfect growing for olive and lemon trees, producing two of the most important elements of Greek cooking. Spices, garlic and other herbs such as oregano, basil, mint, and thyme are widely used, as are vegetables such as eggplant and zucchini, and legumes of all types.

With 20 percent of Greece made up of islands – and no part of the Greek mainland more than 90 miles from the sea – fish and seafood are a popular and common part of the Greek diet.

Lamb and goat (kid) are the traditional meats of holidays and festivals, and poultry, beef, and pork are also in plentiful supply.

Vineyards cover much of Greece’s hilly terrain and the country has become known for its exquisite  fine wines and spirits, most notably ouzo, an anise-flavored liqueur that is the national spirit.

Did You Know that The first cookbook was written by the Greek food gourmet, Archestratos, in 330 B.C.,

which suggests that cooking has always been of importance and significance in Greek society.

 

Greek food is simple and elegant, with flavors subtle to robust, textures smooth to crunchy, fresh and timeless, nutritious and healthy.

Preparing and enjoying Greek food, anywhere in the world, is an adventurous journey into the cradle of civilization and the land of the Gods of Olympus.

 

Discovering, tasting, experiencing Greek food: truly one of the joys we can all share.