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Sweet olive preserve

04.04.2018 in Gastronomy

Sweet olive preserve   Olive trees are found in regions all over Greece, but it is the Kalamata oil and table olives, grown in the Messinian Bay, that bear prominent quality and rank higher in international export demand. Here’s a “sweet” way to enjoy the delicacy that is the Kalamata olive!   Ingredients 2,2 pounds of Kalamata olives 15 oz. sugar 8,4 fl. oz. water 4 tbsp. of pickling lime 2 basil leaves Juice of 1 lemon Directions Soak the olives in a bowl of water overnight. In a tub, dissolve the pickling lime in 135 fluid ounces and put…

The unique foods of Greece and their health benefits – Kalamata Olives

21.03.2018 in Gastronomy

The unique foods of Greece and their health benefits – Kalamata Olives     Since ancient times, the Greeks had realized how precious the gifts of Mother Nature were. The Mediterranean climate along with the geological formations of the country created a fertile ground where an abundance of wild herbs and plants could grow. About 1800 endemic species that grow on Greek soil have certified medicinal properties, this month we’re turning our tastes to Kalmata Olives! “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” –Hippocrates Kalamata Olives and Oil (Olea Europaea) ORIGIN AND TRAITS Among the different areas…

The unique foods of Greece and their health benefits – Goat’s Milk

13.02.2018 in Gastronomy

The unique foods of Greece and their health benefits – Goat’s Milk   Since ancient times, the Greeks had realized how precious the gifts of Mother Nature were. The Mediterranean climate along with the geological formations of the country created a fertile ground where an abundance of wild herbs and plants could grow. About 1800 endemic species that grow, or graze, on Greek soil have certified medicinal properties. This month, we take a look at the silky goodness of goat’s milk! “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” –Hippocrates   Goat’s milk ORIGIN AND TRAITS    …

The unique foods of Greece and their health benefits – Tahini (Sesame butter)

10.01.2018 in Gastronomy

The unique foods of Greece and their health benefits – Tahini (Sesame butter)   Since ancient times, the Greeks had realized how precious the gifts of Mother Nature were. The Mediterranean climate along with the geological formations of the country created a fertile ground where an abundance of wild herbs and plants could grow. This month we explore the vast benefits of Tahini – sesame butter. “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” –Hippocrates   Tahini (Sesame butter) ORIGIN AND TRAITS Gastronomy, a field that examines the relation between food and culture, is a direct reflection of…

Alki Zei

03.01.2018 in Arts & Culture

Alki Zei   Athens, Greece has been selected as World Book Capital 2018 by UNESCO. In celebration of this designation, we’re sharing some of our favorite authors and books.   A pioneer and a treasured representative of Greek contemporary literature, Alki Zei has provided readers with a selection of books based on her personal experiences transformed into fiction. Born in 1925 in Athens, Alki Zei spent her early childhood in Samos. She studied philosophy, drama and scene writing while leading a life infused with political action and activism. Zei spent a significant part of her life as a political refugee…

Wildcat under glass

02.01.2018 in Arts & Culture

Wildcat under glass   Athens, Greece has been selected as World Book Capital 2018 by UNESCO. In celebration of this designation, we’re sharing some of our favorite authors and books.   One of the most remarkable novels of Alki Zei, “Wildcat Under Glass” was published in 1963 and has been established as a defining example of modern Greek juvenile literature ever since. Set on a Greek island during the 1930’s, the novel narrates the life of a family whose reality changes as the nation falls under the rule of a Fascist dictatorship. As the story is told through the eyes…

A Royal City Break

28.11.2017 in Travel

A Royal City Break     Tatoi, which was once the summer palace of the former Greek Royal Family, makes for one of the best weekend destinations in the suburbs of Athens. With an area of 47, 427 acres (15,000 of which are a declared national park) and just 30 miles from downtown Athens, the former Royal Estate caters for any visitor’s taste.   The Former Royal Estate of Tatoi is open to the public from sunrise to sunset and visitors can enter the property either from Varimpopi or Lefka. On the weekends, sports enthusiasts can be found cycling, trekking…

The unique foods of Greece and their health benefits: Walnuts, “a gift sent to Greece from Persia by the kings.”

21.11.2017 in Gastronomy

The unique foods of Greece and their health benefits: Walnuts, “a gift sent to Greece from Persia by the kings.”     Since ancient times, the Greeks had realized how precious the gifts of Mother Nature were. The Mediterranean climate along with the geological formations of the country created a fertile ground where an abundance of wild herbs and plants could grow. About 1800 endemic species that grow on Greek soil have certified medicinal properties. Over the years, the Greeks have come to discover the properties of these special herbs and foods… this month we explore the popularity and diversity…

Healthy Foods – Pistachios

15.10.2017 in Gastronomy

The unique foods of Greece and their health benefits: Aegina Pistachios (Pistacia Vera) Since ancient times, the Greeks had realized how precious the gifts of Mother Nature were. The Mediterranean climate along with the geological formations of the country created a fertile ground where an abundance of wild herbs and plants could grow. In Greece, pistachio trees were first cultivated in the 1860s on the island of Aegina; a milestone date both for the economy of the island and internationally as Fystikia Aeginis evolved into one of the best pistachio varieties in the world! “Let food be thy medicine and medicine…

Afaia Presents: Pistachio Goat Cheese Puffs

15.10.2017 in Gastronomy

Afaia, Products with History Pistachio trees were brought to the island of Aegina in 1860. It was a time when cultivators were facing financial recess due to a widespread destruction of vineyards. The fertile ground along with appropriate climate conditions was favorable for the cultivation of pistachio trees. Over the years, families became involved in this prosperous agricultural activity. It wasn’t until 1994 however, when the “Aeginian Pistachio” was certified as Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) under the EU legislation; an advancement which motivated the young generation of Aegina to claim a position in the market. Such a case is…