We have already written on our website about European disputes regarding the production of feta cheese . Today, we will consider what the Greeks use this cheese for.
Feta is known to all lovers of Greek and Cretan cuisine. Its unique taste results from the combination of milk obtained from sheep and goats bred and grazed under the unique conditions of the Greek climate. Strict adherence to traditional production recipes including at least 3 months maturation and drainage of whey without pressure is also required.
The taste of feta is, among other things, the merit of animals grazed in unique climatic conditions.
It is a soft cheese with about 40% fat content. It is also fragile and melts well. Thanks to storage in brine, it stays fresh for a long time. The conditions in which the feta ripens affect its taste. It can be spicy, mild or more salty. Greeks usually have their favorite types and buy them. Although for some dishes it is advisable to use feta with a specific taste. Feta should be white and yellowing is not a desirable color. Its taste should be quite spicy, it absolutely can not be bitter, sour or rancid.
Before buying, it's good to try cheese, which unfortunately is unfeasible in Polish stores, because in Poland feta is usually sold in ready-made hermetic packaging.
Feta should be white and yellowing is not a desirable color.
If we reflect on what dish we associate feta with, then the first association will probably be a village salad (Horiatiki), commonly known as Greek. However, if the Greeks used fete only for this dish, the annual amount of salad consumed would reach absurd values. The average consumption of this delicious cheese in Greece is over 11 kg, or more than 50 cubes per one person.
Such a high amount comes from the fact that feta is one of the ingredients of many popular dishes prepared in Greece and, like bread or olive oil, belongs to the range of basic products.
So we decided to make a list of dishes in which this cheese is. This is an objective-subjective census, based as usual only on our experience. If while reading this list you are reminded of some Greek dish, which is a feta ingredient, then share this with us on our fanpag :)
A few days ago, the World Health Organization published a report on childhood obesity. Interestingly, this problem is not only the domain of northern European countries but above all those that are the cradle of the Mediterranean diet. A new WHO report presented at the European Obesity Congress in Vienna pointed out that out of 34 countries in the European region, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta, San Marino and Spain have the highest obesity rate in children from 6 to 9 years. Therefore, being overweight becomes the same problem as in Great Britain.
For many years Cretan cuisine has been considered one of the healthiest in the world, which is officially recognized by the scientific community. It is rich in dishes consisting of a large amount of vegetables, fruits, fish and seafood, as well as olive oil and herbs. There is little red meat and animal fats in it. Does its health properties result from the quality and richness of these products?