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The Greek Diet

The Greek diet has always been considered one of the healthiest in the world. Major studies of the traditional Greek diet of the local people of Greece, and in particular the island of Crete signifies reduced rates of dietary related conditions. In addition these regions have some of the greatest life expectancies all over the world.

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Greek Mountain Tea

Greek mountain tea is popular all over Greece and in Mediterranean regions. Although available all year, it is more common to drink in the cooler winter months.
It is made from the dried leaves and flowers of the hardy perennial plant called Sideritis, which is native to Greece and grows in abundance here. Sideritis grows at higher altitudes of at least 1000m,in little or no soil or on rocky slopes and needs very little water.

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A Guide to Greek Cuisine

Greek cuisine is a typical Mediterranean cuisine, sharing characteristics with the cuisines of Italy, the Balkans, Turkey, and the Levant. Contemporary Greek cookery makes wide use of olive oil, vegetables and herbs, grains and bread, wine, fish, and various meats, including poultry, rabbit and pork. Also important are olives, cheese, aubergine, courgette, and yoghurt. Greek desserts are characterized by the dominant use of nuts and honey. Some dishes use filo pastry.
Mezés (μεζές) is a collective name for a variety of small dishes, typically served with wines or anise-flavored liqueurs as ouzo or homemade tsipouro.

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Drinking in Greece

Drinking in Greece is a big social event on the Greek Islands especially when there is a national holiday or traditional celebration like a name day. Beer, local wine and spirits are the order of the day with ouzo and retsina being the favoured local tipples. However, whilst what seems like masses of alcohol may be consumed, drunkenness in public is extremely rare and certainly not tolerated. There is also no legal age for drinking in Greece at a private home, so don’t be surprised to see ten year olds slurping the odd mouthful of wine – no-one goes mad and this is the way children learn to drink in moderation.

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Greek Yogurt Facts

Greek yogurt is made using sheep`s milk by traditional straining techniques producing its famous thick and creamy consistency. Greek yogurt is natural with no artificial colours, flavours, preservatives or sweeteners. Plus, the straining process removes some of the milk, sugar, and lactose, making the yogurt less likely to upset the lactose-intolerant. The presence of live, active and probiotic cultures help boost the immune and digestive systems.

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Greek Cheese Pie

Greek cheese pie (tiropita) is a traditional light pastry snack filled with delicious feta and ricotta cheese, and is a popular breakfast food amongst Greeks enjoyed with coffee. But it can be eaten anytime of day either on its own as a snack or as part of a meal with salad.  This Greek cheese pie recipe is quick and simple to make and tastes delicious...

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Grilled Octopus

Envisage this relaxing image - a Greek beach side bar sitting lazily in the sun with good company, a classic Greek dish served with good wine or ouzo.
This recipe is an ideal dish to share with friends and family as an appetizer, anywhere and at anytime of the day, served either hot or at room temperature. Though it takes a while to cook, you will impress your guest tremendously with this delicious recipe from Quest Greek Islands.

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Greek Stifado - Traditional Recipe

Traditional Greek Stifado

Greek Stifado is a traditional stew which comes in either Rabbit or Beef varieties. Whilst it makes a fantastic and hearty winter dish, it's served in the Greek Island Taverna's all year round. Normally Greek Stifado would be served with chunky bread, boiled potatoes or rice, however it's not uncommon to find it served with french fries in the tourist resorts!

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Facts on Greek Feta

Fetais a traditional Greek cheese, made from a combination of goat and sheep milk. It is a white cheese that is full of flavour, low in fat and free from artificial colours and preservatives. It is part of the everyday diet of the Greeks and is used in a range of recipes and traditional dishes which accompanies almost all meals. Most visitors in Greece will have tried the tasty cheese, especially in the Greek Salad, where the cheese is accompanied with tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, olives and flavoured with oregano.

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