If you are planning to visit Greece then you will simply love to experience its culture and lifestyle. Various types of interesting and quality products are available in Greece. Greece is known for some of its traditional products. Greece offers a lot of traditional food products, fruits and vegetables which are quite uncommon to the mass. Each and every location is known for one or the other product. In this way, the country gains significance and importance.
- Veal meat, types of dry fish and pork meat are quite famous and popular in Greece which provide a specific taste and are considered to be liked by both the local people and the tourists who visit Greece. Grilled meat and pies are quite famous. Certain herbs are also famous in Greece, which are not found elsewhere. The bucolic cuisine, which is characteristic of dairy products like yoghurt, milk and cheese, is worth mentioning.
- Other objects like nicely weaved blankets, ceramic pots, and flower vases are also specialities of Greece. Embroidered work is famous in Greece. These are traditional items which are made by the local people. They are sold to the tourists and the local people. While you are touring Greece, you are bound to experience the Cycladic islands. You might witness the old ladies, sitting and weaving. Their embroidery work is great. You can take out a little time to see the weaving processes and the techniques that they use. The outcome of their hard work is beautiful objects and items that you will love to buy.
- Greece’s climate is mild and sober. It is characterised by Mediterranean climate. Greece is also known for healthy nutrition and the people maintain good food habits. The delicacies are very much popular among the people. Santorini is a place which is famous for aubergine and cherries. Grapes, citrus, figs, berries and plums are famous in Greece. Kimolos is famous for pears and white cheese, too.
- Olive oil is very popular in Greece. It is a traditional product that Greece is most famous for. This product holds certain significance and importance in the history of Greek’s culture. It is said that the ancient people used olive oil to cook their food and utilized it for the purpose of fueling. The most popular variety of olive oil is perhaps ‘Extra Virgin’ which is widely manufactured and sold in Greece. The product has a nice aroma and a taste which resembles lemon. The Kalamata region in Greece is supposedly the largest producer of olive oil. The region is a mountainous one and that is why it favors the growth of olives.
- If you are visiting Greece then you will be well acquainted with the different type of wines that are available there. Retsina is a name which is gaining more popularity with the passing time. It is considered to be a traditional white wine. It is produced majorly in Greece. It has been produced and consumed in Greece since time immemorial. It is made up of pine resin and initially, it was produced with the idea in mind that it could be kept in pine barrels and could be sold to all parts of the world. Ouzo is also famous which is loved by a large amount of the population. It is a kind of liquor which, along with Retsina, is considered to be the two national drinks of Greece. Robola and Zitsa are also two more good wine brands which one must be tried.
- Greece is known for its cheese. Feta cheese is the national cheese of Greece and very popular. Feta cheese is manufactured from goat’s milk and sheep milk. It has a unique procedural technique. It is preserved in barrels for months in salt water and then it is ready to be consumed. Feta cheese has a sour and a salty taste. This product is exported in every part of the world. It is used in the preparation of cheese pies and cheese salads in Greece. Kaseri, Graviera and Metsovone are also some more popular cheese brands which are famous.
- Honey is also popular in Greece. Honey should be pure and of good quality. The honey that is produced in Greece is known for its good quality and pureness. Pines and thyme provide you the best honey.
- Safforn is one of the costliest and most ancient spices of the world. Greece is known for manufacturing and producing saffron. It is known for its pharmaceutical qualities and aromatic flavour. In crossroad between East & the West, Greek cuisine is highly influenced by the neighbors (or Slavs) as well as conquerors (Turks, Byzantines, Venetians). Their influence well combined with 4000 year of old local tradition (the Ancient Greeks) that gave birth to the unique gastronomical result.
- Modern Greek food is considered among best, most balanced and healthiest cuisines of this world, mainly and simply because this is based on the local products of the high nutritional value. This is somewhat tough to classify Greek cuisine, and based on the regions. But we can say there are 3 basic sources: traditional bucolic food (influenced by Slavs), simple cuisine of Aegean islands as well as cuisine of Greeks of the Minor Asia. Traditional bucolic food is totally based on the cheese, milk, corn, yogurt, herbs as well as meat. It is very interesting to say butter (as the dairy product) is more important than the olive oil (as olives don’t grow on the high altitudes in the mountainous areas). The pies & grilled meat is in daily agenda. Insular cuisine is completely different, as it is very simple, with the clearer flavors. With an exception of Crete as well as Ionian islands, the insular vegetation is totally nonexistent, thus population had inventive where cultivating land. For this reason, the cuisine is totally based mainly on cereals, olives, grapes, as well as meat.