greek food

Identifying Genuine Greek Food

Is it not Feta if it’s not made in Greece? Should Kalamata olives only come from Kalamata? Well the European Union thinks so.

In 1992 a legal framework was introduced known as Protected Geographical Status, which was developed in order to protect the reputation of regional foods, eliminate unfair competition and stop misleading consumers with non-genuine products, which may be of inferior quality and taste different. However, if you do not live in Europe, your feta is most likely not from Greece and your Kalamata olives may be from Italy or Turkey. According to a recent report from McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm, Greece holds only a 28% of the global ‘Greek Feta’ cheese market, which means that the rest of that 72% is not Greek and not really feta according E.U. legislation

5 Ways to Eat Like a Greek

The traditional Greek diet circa 1960 is considered one of the healthiest, if not the healthiest diet, in the world. It served as the basis of the Mediterranean diet as we know it today. Let's see 5 healthy habits of the Greeks.

1. Cook your vegetables in olive oil

According to the CDC only 26% of adults in the U.S. eat vegetables 3 times a day. On the other hand, other statistics show that Greeks consume about 17 oz. (500 grams) of fruits and vegetables a day.

How do Greeks manage to eat over a pound of fruits and vegetables every day? Well, they cook their vegetables. Sure, they eat salads and have plenty of vegetarian appetizers, but the vegetarian main course is what really sets them apart. Even today most Greeks consume vegetables as a main dish 2-3 times a week.

When I say cook, I don't mean a plate of boring, boiled vegetables with a lump of butter or melted cheese. These dishes, called lathera, which means "the ones in oil," are a combination of vegetables, herbs, tomatoes and olive oil. Common vegetables used are green beans, peas, eggplants, leeks, artichokes, cauliflowers and okra. One serving is a large plate, which is about 3 servings of vegetables. Eat it with some bread and a chunk of feta and you're set.