Coming back from a holiday in Crete, we bring with us a tan, many pictures and a bag of beautiful memories connected with visiting this charming corner of Greece. However, holidays in Crete are not only breathtaking landscapes, sun or monuments, but also a feast for the palate. Greeks know how to appreciate the multitude of fresh vegetables and fruits, which is why even the simplest dish tastes great there. Greek cuisine shows that very little food would have to be made from simple ingredients. It is also worth remembering that in many scientific studies the local diet has been recognized as one of the healthiest and most sustainable in the world. Greek cuisine can make eating vegetables a pleasure. One thing is for sure, our taste buds were probably born in Crete, because the local cuisine won over our hearts or stomachs.
The most famous salad, which probably everyone associates with Greece, is Horiatiki salata known as 'Greek'. In our opinion, however, it is worth getting to know other delicious salads that are made in Greece, because the combination of ingredients and flavors may turn out to be surprisingly good.
Among the Greek sweets we will not find dietary suggestions.) According to Greeks, sweets bring happiness so desserts and sugar pastries are in abundance. Greek pastries often also make delicious desserts based on filo pastry.
Greece is the real kingdom of meze, or small dishes and snacks served at the beginning of the main meal, and often instead of it.The Greeks often start their meal with snacks and on them The Greek specialty is a long delectation of various mezes accompanied by a glass of ouzo. This is a frequent picture in Greek taverns.
Greeks enrich their taste in two ways: the first is a variety of spices and herbs, the second is the addition of wine, which often arises as an important ingredient in these dishes, this array of flavors and aromas complements the vegetable richness that is an indispensable addition to these dishes.
Greek islands are a vegetarian paradise, because vegetables are available throughout the year, while the Greeks have mastered the art of making them. Forget about boring and bland vegetables, because the mild climate and large sun exposure extract the best taste and aroma that is unmatched. Obligatory olive oil and a frequent addition of feta make the vegetarian Greek dishes taste great.
Fresh fish and seafood on the Greek islands are always available and commonly eaten. The richness of the Mediterranean makes it possible to taste There are many different species of fish prepared in different ways, while the squid or octopus are among the most consumed seafood and are included in the standards of home cooking.
Anyone who has been to Greece at least once knows the most popular Greek sauce - tzatziki, which is a frequent guest on Greek tables and a great addition Nutritious soups are usually served in winter and are rather an independent main course.
Bread in Greece is an important ingredient of meals and appears on the occasion of most of them. feta or olives, or breads baked for special occasions.
Every island and region of Greece is famous for its local alcoholic products. In Crete, most often we meet ouzo, cycludia, or raki, retisna or homemade rakomelo. Cretan crayfish also produce for themselves, just like wine.In Greece, you must try Greek coffee (elliniká kafe and frappe), as well as freshly squeezed juice from fine oranges.
Articles on Greek and Cretan cuisine
Below you will find a list of places in which we have been and which have already been described by us. Of course, this list does not fully reflect what we have seen in Crete, so there will certainly be more articles on our site.