Greece has long been a family holiday favourite with its beautiful blue waters, child-friendly beaches and an abundance of delicious food made with fresh ingredients. Make sure you sample all the country has to offer with our pick of traditional dishes…
1. Olives and olive oil
Greeks have been cultivating olives for millennia – some even say that Athena gave an olive tree to the city of Athens, thus winning its favour. She granted them wisdom, and since wisdom alone cannot sustain life, she created the olive tree. Archaeological studies prove that the Greeks have been involved in full-scale cultivation of the olive tree and production of olive oil for over 4,000 years. The health and therapeutic benefits of olive oil were first mentioned by Hippocrates, the father of Medicine. Modern medical studies have, indeed, shown that the consumption of olive oil is of significant value where human health is concerned, and in particular the health of the heart and circulatory diseases and many diet-related illnesses.
Greek meals are accompanied by local olives, some cured in a hearty sea salt brine, others like wrinkly throubes, eaten uncured from the tree. Similarly, olive oil, the elixir of Greece, is used liberally in cooking and salads and drizzled over most dips and dishes. Many tavernas use their own oil.
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