Olive and Olive – Oil: the Gifts from the Gods
Along with crystal-clear sunlight and ink-blue seas, the olive is justifiably one of the quintessential symbols of Greece – though paradoxically the oil of this most majestic of fruits sometimes seems one of the country’s best kept secrets. The blessed olive tree fruit is a product of high value and has gained an important place in modern international cuisine.
The virgin olive oil, a pure olive juice, has been globally recognized for its contribution to a healthy diet and the effect on the wellbeing of people.
What makes Greek olive oil some of the best in the world!
Like all other Agricultural products, olives are different from Country to Country, from area to area and inside the same district (Mountain vs. Plain). In Greece there is the ideal combination of sun and wind and the olives are naturally protected from diseases.
Further, it seems that the soil and water are in perfect harmony with Olive tree’s requirements.
That’s why everybody agrees that the Greek olives and Olive Oil are top in taste, aroma and nutritional value……And that’s the truth!!!!! more
Keep calm, Drink up……..
Greek wines and spirits are just now being discovered and appreciated by connoisseurs – and the rest of us! In Greece the land that revered Dionysus or Bacchus as god of wine is reviving a divine tradition of winemaking and the arts of the distillery. The industry is expanding and Greek wines are winning distinguished awards. Dozens of best known producer are producing increasingly fine wines, liqueurs, brandies – and ouzo. And while tasting your wine, you will learn about ancient history, and visit famous sites. The people, the history and the land all leave their imprint on a wine…
Meet the local people and discover where they go for local culinary treats. And then when you get back home, and open a great bottle of wine you will know the people who made it, and understand how and why they make the best wine in Greece!
Dionysian excellence of Greece
Call it Dionysian DNA, Call it Hard Work, Greeks Make Wine Much More than Fine. Hard work and patience does pay off……Especially when it comes to fine wine…..Just ask many of Greece’s contemporary winemakers.
Greek Cheese… essential on every table
If you find yourself in Crete, the Cretan cheeses you will find that are part of the wellness and long-life ratio causes of the islanders. All Cretan cheeses are made from either sheep’s or goat’s milk or a combination of both. Here’s a short list: Graviera (P.D.O.) , perhaps the most famous of Crete’s cheeses, ranges from sweet, when young, to nutty and resonant, when aged. Kefalograviera, harder and more piquant than graviera, is a table cheese that is often also used in baked dishes like pastitsio and moussaka. Myzithra, a fresh whey cheese, relatively low in fat, and similar to ricotta. Staka, a cholesterol-rich delicacy only found in western Crete, which is prepared from the cream skimmed off the top of sheep’s milk.
A gift of everlasting value
According to Greek mythology Aristaios, son of Apollo and Cyrene, was sent by the gods to give the gift of cheese-making to the Greeks. It was called a “gift of everlasting value,” and if the reputation of today’s variety of Greek cheeses is anything to go by, the value of that gift keeps increasing with age. Whatever their origins, Greek cheeses are among the finest in the world, and many varieties have been accorded protection under the PDO provisions.
Pure products from Greek Mother Nature!
Greek agricultural production has placed the country in one of the first places worldwide in regards to product exports. Greece is in the first place worldwide in exports of fish farming, such as sea bream and sea bass. It is third in the world in the production of olive oil, kiwifruit and crocus (saffron). Furthermore, it takes fifth place in asparagus exports and fifteenth place in exports of dairy products. Our country is currently exporting more than 100 PDO products (Protected Designation of Origin or Protected Geographical Indication).
Greek products…. unique in terms of their diversity and quality….
Honey from Greece is considered a worthy wedding present in Japan. Elsewhere in Asia, gifts of Greek melons are wrapped up in packaging normally associated with jewelry. This country’s fish feature on the menus of the world’s leading restaurants, while it is not unusual to find Greek olive oil rubbing shoulders with expensive cosmetics at stores in the most developed countries.
Herbs and Plants
Loads of aromatic and therapeutic herbs grow in Greece, one of the richest countries in biodiversity. Either as food or as natural remedies, they have been used since the ancient times, mainly as pain-killers. Nowadays, a good 75% of chemical medicines are based on the miraculous properties of herbs. Is your life tense and stressful? Maybe chamomile can help… Need to clear out some of that mental “fog” and regain your focus? Try peppermint… Feeling frustrated, irritable or anxious? Perhaps lavender is the solution….. Claims like these are currently being made by practitioners of aromatherapy, a type of alternative medicine that is gaining popularity all over the world. Aroma-therapists believe that flowers and herbs have value beyond their wonderful smells-perhaps these plants even have the power to heal.
Hippocrates, the ancient Greek physician and “father of medicine”, advocated the use of herbs, fresh air, exercise, and good diet. He recorded the use of about 400 herbs to heal illness. Other Greek physicians, pharmacologist and botanist are: Dioscorides (‘Father of Pharmacy’), Theophrastus from Lesvos Island (‘father of Botany’).