Text Size
Mon, Feb 20, 2017
FacebookTwitterDeliciousStumbleuponRedditRSS FeedPinterest
English Arabic Chinese (Simplified) Dutch French German Greek Hebrew Hindi Italian Japanese Polish Russian Spanish Turkish Ukrainian

Cretan Cuisine

Cretan cuisine (Κρητική κουζίνα)

We appreciate that the traditional Cretan diet is known as being one of the healthiest in the world. Several studies have been carried out to test the effect of Cretan cuisine on human health. The island had attracted the attention of the scientific community as early as 1948.

Cretan cuisine is the traditional cuisine of the Mediterranean island of Crete.

The core of the cuisine consists of food derived from natural sources, whereas food of animal origin was more peripheral in nature. In general, people consumed seasonal products, available in the wider local area, which underwent minimal processing or none at all. The traditional cuisine was widespread in the island until the 1960s.

Fresh and dried fruits, pulses, endemic wild herbs and aromatic plants, and rough cereals, whose cultivation was favored by the regional climate, were consumed in great amounts and constituted the base of the Cretan cuisine during that period. Dairy products were consumed on a daily basis in low to moderate quantities. Poultry and fish were consumed on a weekly basis in moderate quantities, whereas red meat was consumed only a few times a month. The main supply of fat was effectuated by olive oil, which was used not only in salads but also in cooking. Another essential feature of the Cretan cuisine was the moderate use of alcohol, mainly red wine which accompanied meals. Finally, the most common dessert was fresh fruits, while traditional pastry based on honey had been consumed a few times a week.

Initially, the protective effect of the Cretan cuisine for human health was attributed to its high monounsaturated fat content, due to the daily use of olive oil, as well as to low saturated fat, due to the low consumption of red meat. Today it is recognized that this particular nutritional scheme possesses important additional features, providing the necessary micro-constituents (i.e. vitamins and minerals), being rich in ω-3 fatty acids, vegetable fibers, antioxidants and various photochemical, which have significant influence on several body functions, and a beneficial effect on health.

So now we will look at the actual recipies used in Crete and the wider area of Greece, if anyone has a favourite recipe that they would like published please send it to us, and we will publish it for you.

Display # 
Title Hits
Stuffed Courgettes (Γεμιστά Κολοκυθάκια) 8507
Salad Omelette (σαλάτα ομελέτα) 3585
Village Chicken with Sage (Κοτόπουλο Village με Φασκόμηλο) 6024
Bakaliaros Tiganitos (μπακαλιάρος tiganitos) 3369
Macaroni with hot sauce (Μακαρόνια με καυτερή σάλτσα) 3332
Sticky Lemon Curd Cake (κολλώδης κέικ λεμόνι πηγμένο γάλα για τυρί) 3225
Lasagna With Steamed Spinach and Roasted Courgette (Λαζάνια με σπανάκι στον ατμό και ψητό κολοκύθι) 3231
Chicken Burgers with Tzatziki (Μπιφτέκια κοτόπουλου με Τζατζίκι) 2367
Keftedes (Κεφτεδάκια) 2184
Baked Feta Cheese with Oregano (Ψητή Φέτα με Ρίγανη) 1942
Chicken & Chickpea Salad (Κοτόπουλο και ρεβίθια σαλάτα) 2586
Giant beans in the oven (Φασόλια γίγαντες στο φούρνο) 2285
Honey yogurt cheesecake (Μέλι τσεισκέικ γιαούρτι) 2032
Greek Peas with Tomato and Dill (Ελληνική Αρακάς με ντομάτα και άνηθο) 2450
Pasta with Tomato Sauce and Feta (Ζυμαρικά με σάλτσα ντομάτας και φέτα) 3118
Sweet Cheese Pastries (καλιτσούνια Κρήτης) 1833
Souvlaki (σουβλάκι) 2268
Fava (Pease Pudding) (φάβα) 1766
Farmer's Bread (Οι αγρότες Ψωμί) 2390
Shrimp with Feta & Tomatoes (Γαρίδες με φέτα και ντομάτα) 1984
Dakos: Cretan Meze (Ντάκος: Κρητικό μεζέ) 2128
Garlic Pasta Salad (Το σκόρδο σαλάτα ζυμαρικών) 2388
Custard Pie (Πίτα κρέμας) 2307
Fava (φάβα) 1993
Chicken in Lemon Sauce (Κοτόπουλο λεμονάτο) 2689
Pastitsio (Παστίτσιο) 2110
Halvas (Χαλβάς) 2655
Fish Pie (Πίτα Ψάρια) 2821
Farmer's Bread (Οι αγρότες Ψωμί) 2054
Afelia (Αφέλια) 2853
Shrimp with Feta & Tomatoes (Γαρίδες με φέτα και ντομάτα) 1594
Okra and Potatoes in Tomato Sauce (Μπάμιες και πατάτες σε σάλτσα ντομάτας) 2851
Rabbit Stew (Κουνέλι Στιφάδο) 1891
Cheese Pie (τυρόπιτα) 2060
Hortopita (Χορτόπιτα) 1964
Bean soup (φασολάδα) 2036
Tuna and Spinach Pasta Bake (Τόνος και Σπανάκι Ζυμαρικά Ψήστε) 2902
Dolmades (Stuffed Vine Leaves) (Ντολμάδες (ντολμαδάκια)) 1982
Clementine and Cinnamon Layer Cake (Clementine και Κανέλα στρώμα κέικ) 1842
Soutzoukakia Smyrneika (Σουτζουκάκια Σμυρνέικα) 3926
Spiced Olive Oil Cake (Πικάντικη Ελαιόλαδο κέικ) 1877
Moussaka (μουσακάς) 2875

Weather in Crete

Name Days

Tue Feb 21
no widely known nameday
Wed Feb 22
ANTHI
Wed Feb 22
ANTHOUSA
Wed Feb 22
THALASSIOS

Who's Online

We have 9629 guests and 37 members online