The Cretan Diet

The Cretan Diet

Olive oil has been known since ancient times as an important and healthy component of nutrition. This awareness of the value of olive oil is already evident in the fact that Homer called it "liquid gold" and Hippocrates considered it a crucial remedy.

Like no other crop, the olive tree represents the Mediterranean and its food and culture. The pure, natural olive oil is the link between the ancient world and today's Cretan cuisine.

Workshop - Cretan Diet

During an olive oil tasting we want to let the taste of the liquid gold melt on the tongue and get an insight into the secret of the Cretan diet.

This secret is obvious: simple, natural food, combined with a stress-free, relaxed - almost meditative - lifestyle and regular exercise.

Hórta

In addition to olive oil and legumes, the Cretan diet is characterised by the consumption of wild herbs and wild vegetables. There are up to 100 different edible wild herbs (Hórta) in Crete. Stamnangáthi is one of them.

These are the leaves of the spiny pathway. The name of the herb stems from its use. The thorny stems of the plant were once inserted as insect repellent in the opening of jugs - Stámna, the pitcher and Angáthi, the thorn = Stamnangáthi.                                             

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