Mediterranean diet and Greek cuisine
The Greek cuisine is the perfect example of traditional Mediterranean diet. It’s based around a variety of colorful and flavorful foods that are high in nutrients and low in animal fats.
The most characteristic and integral element of Greek cuisine is olive oil, which is frequently used in most dishes. Produced from olives it gives a characteristic taste of Greek food.
The warm climate of Greece makes it ideal for growing vegetables and fruits, and these are eaten in abundant amounts.
A myriad of colorful and flavorful vegetables form a fundamental part of Greek cuisine. Important vegetables are tomatoes, eggplants, potatoes, beans, okra, peppers and onions.
Greek cuisine uses some flavors more often than other Mediterranean cuisines, like: oregano, mint, garlic, onion, dill and bay leaves.
Other common herbs and spices are: basil, thyme and fennel. In many Greek recipes there are used sweet-used spices in combination with meat, such as cinnamon and cloves.
The climate and soil of Greece tends to favor the breeding of goats and sheep more than cattle and therefore dishes with local beef is rarer. Fish and seafood are more common naturally in coastal areas and islands.
Olive oil was very important in Greece. During the Minoan Era, olive oil was exported from Crete to the Greek islands as well as to the mainland.
Olive oil was used in ceremonies, medicine, sports as well as in the every day life. This “liquid gold” (as Homer used to call it), serves still as an essential dietary nutrient, ensuring longevity as well as health and well-being.
Olive oil is rich in vitamins A, D, K and E, as well as in polyphenols, ingredients that protect from certain types of diseases. Its antioxidant action slows down aging and increases euphoria, helping skin health and body functionalities.
Hippocrates used to call olive oil the “Great Healer”, which is not strange, as till nowadays it is considered a blessed fruit of the past symbolizing knowledge, peace, health, vitality, strength.
Back in the time, ancient Greeks used to salve oil over their bodies in order to get more strength and good luck.
In Palmera Seaside we use selected olive oil from Cretan Producers, creating for you dishes of “liquid gold”.