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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.

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Stuffed Courgettes (Γεμιστά Κολοκυθάκια) 10037
Salad Omelette (σαλάτα ομελέτα) 5119
Village Chicken with Sage (Κοτόπουλο Village με Φασκόμηλο) 7307
Bakaliaros Tiganitos (μπακαλιάρος tiganitos) 4941
Macaroni with hot sauce (Μακαρόνια με καυτερή σάλτσα) 4707
Sticky Lemon Curd Cake (κολλώδης κέικ λεμόνι πηγμένο γάλα για τυρί) 4570
Lasagna With Steamed Spinach and Roasted Courgette (Λαζάνια με σπανάκι στον ατμό και ψητό κολοκύθι) 4711
Chicken Burgers with Tzatziki (Μπιφτέκια κοτόπουλου με Τζατζίκι) 3747
Keftedes (Κεφτεδάκια) 3663
Baked Feta Cheese with Oregano (Ψητή Φέτα με Ρίγανη) 3240
Chicken & Chickpea Salad (Κοτόπουλο και ρεβίθια σαλάτα) 3914
Giant beans in the oven (Φασόλια γίγαντες στο φούρνο) 3580
Honey yogurt cheesecake (Μέλι τσεισκέικ γιαούρτι) 3329
Greek Peas with Tomato and Dill (Ελληνική Αρακάς με ντομάτα και άνηθο) 3843
Pasta with Tomato Sauce and Feta (Ζυμαρικά με σάλτσα ντομάτας και φέτα) 4443
Sweet Cheese Pastries (καλιτσούνια Κρήτης) 3177
Souvlaki (σουβλάκι) 3731
Fava (Pease Pudding) (φάβα) 3183
Farmer's Bread (Οι αγρότες Ψωμί) 4897
Shrimp with Feta & Tomatoes (Γαρίδες με φέτα και ντομάτα) 4385
Dakos: Cretan Meze (Ντάκος: Κρητικό μεζέ) 3537
Garlic Pasta Salad (Το σκόρδο σαλάτα ζυμαρικών) 3751
Custard Pie (Πίτα κρέμας) 3691
Fava (φάβα) 3342
Chicken in Lemon Sauce (Κοτόπουλο λεμονάτο) 4104
Pastitsio (Παστίτσιο) 3434
Halvas (Χαλβάς) 4454
Fish Pie (Πίτα Ψάρια) 4650
Farmer's Bread (Οι αγρότες Ψωμί) 3480
Afelia (Αφέλια) 5295
Shrimp with Feta & Tomatoes (Γαρίδες με φέτα και ντομάτα) 2871
Okra and Potatoes in Tomato Sauce (Μπάμιες και πατάτες σε σάλτσα ντομάτας) 5415
Rabbit Stew (Κουνέλι Στιφάδο) 3755
Cheese Pie (τυρόπιτα) 3816
Hortopita (Χορτόπιτα) 3798
Bean soup (φασολάδα) 4071
Tuna and Spinach Pasta Bake (Τόνος και Σπανάκι Ζυμαρικά Ψήστε) 5120
Dolmades (Stuffed Vine Leaves) (Ντολμάδες (ντολμαδάκια)) 3746
Clementine and Cinnamon Layer Cake (Clementine και Κανέλα στρώμα κέικ) 3520
Soutzoukakia Smyrneika (Σουτζουκάκια Σμυρνέικα) 5892
Spiced Olive Oil Cake (Πικάντικη Ελαιόλαδο κέικ) 3680
Moussaka (μουσακάς) 5659

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