Greek Cuisine: Do you miss travelling? So do we! So we’ve decided to take you on a culinary journey around the world. And, we’re starting with Greece. Many of the meals that make up traditional Greek cuisine today have been around for hundreds of years. In years gone by, farmers in Greece would eat the food that they grew on farms. As long as there was enough rain, the climate allowed farmers to grow a wide range of fruits and vegetables.
For this reason, many Greeks were largely vegetarian. Some of the most popular vegetables grown in ancient Greek times included Asparagus, Cucumbers, Celery and Chickpeas. Aside from this many in ancient Greece age a variety of Mulberries, Pears, Apples, Tomatoes and Cherries. But, the most important food item from those times and in many cases still today was the Olive. Olives were used in many of the dishes. Additionally, Olives were crushed and the oil produced was used for burning in lamps.
A Little Bit of Sweet
Another amazing food item the Greeks loved was honey. Ancient Greeks used honey in much the same way as we use sugar today. And, it was used in medicines. Aside from fish, Greeks hardly ate meat. The most important thing about food in ancient Greece was the social aspect of it. Food and meals times were not only about the meal, but about the company that went with it. every single meal in Greece was an event.
Here are our favourite Greek Food Facts:
- Most Greek dishes contain tomato or lemon, but hardly every both.
- Olive oil is used on almost anything.
- You can eat bread with almost everything in Greek cuisine.
- Most Greek foods contain some sort of cheese.
Check out a few of our favourite Greek Recipes:
Delicate layers of phyllo pastry, nuts, honey and butter all come together to make this delicate, classic Greek dessert.
A traditional Greek Moussaka— baked casserole of brinjal, tomatoes, and minced lamb or beef under a lush layer of béchamel sauce—is one of the most fabulous things you can eat.
Benefit from the convenience of the vegetables all pre-chopped for you, and enjoy the sweet roasted flavours of the Med, in a delicious soup.
Make use of traditional Greek culinary ingredients in this quick mix and bake that will delight your family as a light main course.
Soft butterbeans flavoured with tomato, garlic and a variety of fresh herbs makes for a great vegetarian main meal or a side dish for lamb.