Artichokes are a 3,000-year-old detox secret, highly prized over the centuries for its potent medicinal properties. The Ancient Greeks valued this rare, edible blossom that it was known as ‘food for the Gods’ and reserved for the aristocratic alone. Modern research confirms just how right ancient healers were about the medicinal powers of this thorny, armoured vegetable with the sweet, sensual heart.
Tag: Mediterranean diet
The artichoke abounds in almost every part of Greece as well as the culinary imagination of Greeks from all over the country, so it is very easy to incorporate this healthy vegetable into your diet – such as our easy Greek Arnaki with Artichokes recipe.
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Well known for its medieval architecture, beaches, and exciting nightlife scene, Rhodes is also famous for its gastronomy and wines – all of which are showcased in a Greek tourism campaign targeted at Italians.
Counter to oxidative stress, dozens of Greek products that are components of the Mediterranean diet, such as fruits, vegetables, dairy products, nuts, aromatic plants, wine, legumes and, of course, olive oil, contain plentiful antioxidants that help eliminate the excess free radicals and protect health.
Greeks have long been known throughout history for their incredible inventions and discoveries that have contributed to society and civilisation. But did you know that Greeks were also the inventors of sushi (in Europe)?
For over 2,500 years, the olive tree of the Acropolis has remained a worthy symbol of Athens, an undying and ancient representation of prosperity, peace, hope, and resurrection. Planted by the Goddess Athena herself, as Greek mythology would have it, the tree has suffered many fires and mutilations as invaders have come and gone. But a sprig was always saved to be planted later.
Dr Terry Simpson is an expert in Culinary Medicine (a new discipline in the medical field) and is a big believer in the Mediterranean Diet as a FIRST step to try and address the symptoms of being overweight, being obese and PCOS. His motto is, “you gotta be able to cook, otherwise losing weight will be near impossible”. Watch the interview here.
“The Greek cuisine is a perfect manifestation of the Mediterranean diet, which actually originated on the island of Crete, where locals have a higher life expectancy and a lower risk of heart disease than the average person, due to the food they eat,” says Healthline.
Tourlou Tourlou is Greece’s answer to French ratatouille, however more liberal with the vegetables and extra virgin olive oil content. Full of hearty veggies and extra virgin olive oil goodness, this vegan dish is delicious and perfect to make any time of the year.
Nutritional Therapist Apollonas G. Kapsalis and his wife Roberta are passionate supporters of the Keto Mediterranean lifestyle, believing that in today’s world, everything is industrialised and over processed, and the food we are eating is making us sick.
“Ikaria’s philosophy mirrors the Greek Islands’ approach of adding life to our years, instead of trying to add years to our lives.” Despite being currently unable to travel overseas, Australians are still able to escape to Ikaria as new Greek meze bar opens in Bondi Beach, bringing good food and great times with a distinctly Mediterranean atmosphere and island holiday vibe.
Usually served as part of a meze platter with lots of pita breads or bread, taramasalata is a very popular Greek dip throughout the year. Here however, in a salty take on the traditional taramasalata, we present to you ‘barra-masalata’, using barramundi in place of roe which is the key ingredient of the original dish.
The globally popular series ‘Dinner with Plato’ is an invitation to a delicious journey through time, featuring Ancient Greek recipes with traditional ways of cooking.
First cultivated in 3500BC, olive oil – or “liquid gold” as Homer called it, was not only used in trade, but as medicine as well. A great anti-inflammatory and powerful antioxidant, there is no denying the powerful health benefits of olive oil.