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Ambrosia, the food of Gods

Greece ● 23 June 2017
 

Ambrosia was the food of ancient Greek gods that made them immortal. Have you ever considered that you can find in the local products and superfoods in Greece the ingredients of ambrosia?

The ancient Greek gods of Olympus ate ambrosia, which was brought to them by doves. The etymology of the Greek word means immortality (the prefix a- means non and the other word is brotos and means human, immportal). Ancient Greeks believed that the result of eating ambrosia was longevity or immortality. In Homer's poets, ambrosia was the food and nectar the drink of gods, but the historians have not originally distinguished the two terms. The consumption of ambrosia was typically reserved only for divine beings. According to the mythology, Hercules took ambrosia by Athena upon his assumption into mortality on Olympus. On the other side, when Tantalus tried to steal ambrosia from gods in order to give it to the humans, he was punished for committing hubris. Whoever consumed ambrosia had no longer blood in their veins but another substance called ichor.

 One of the myths about ambrosia was about Achilles and his immortality. According to the myth, his mother, Thetis, anointed him with ambrosia to be immortal and then passed him through flames, so that the mortal elements of his body disappear. However, the father of Achilles, Peleus, found and stopped her. This led to Thetis's rage, who left without immortalising Achilles's heel, which was the only vulnerable spot in his body.

The historians haven't managed to find which the exact ingredients of ambrosia and nectar were. Some historians connect them with honey, and some other with royal jelly, different plants, fruits and vegetables, wine and olive oil. The thing is that all of these ingredients can be found in Greece and are strongly connected by many studies with longevity. Olive oil and honey are considered superfoods that promote well-being and good health thanks to their antioxidants, vitamins and mineral.

In modern Greece, there are many snacks and dishes that create superfoods and can be related to ambrosia. Greek yoghourt with honey, raisins and fruits includes powerful ingredients that boost your energy and add years in your life, while red wine, seafood and of course the Greek salad with olive oil are only some of the things you can taste in Greece and are not only delicious, but also excellent products for your body and mind.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Platamonas, Greece Hotel Lego
Hotel Lego
84, Egnatias Str., 60065 Platamonas, Greece

Set at the foot of Mountain Olympus, Hotel Lego is located in the coastal town of Platamonas, just a 15-minute walk from the long Platamonas beach. The archaeological site of Dion is 30 km away from the hotel and the traditional village of Palei Poroi is only a 10-minute drive. Katerini town is at 40 km, while Thessaloniki is 110 km away.

Hotel in Zakynthos, Greece Clear Horizon
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Amoudi, 29090 Zakynthos, Greece

Clear Horizon is located in the small, quiet village of Amoudi, just a minute's walk from the sandy beach. Zakynthos town and port is 16 km away. Zakynthos International Airport is 17.8 km away.

Pansion in Pelion, Greece Archontiko Naoumidi
Archontiko Naoumidi
Portaria, 37011 Pelion, Greece

Hosted in a historic, 19th-century Egyptian Style mansion, Archontiko Naoumidi is located in the heart of beautiful Portaria village in Pelion, just 10 km from Volos. A traditional mountain village of Makrinitsa is 2 km away. Pelion Ski Center is at 10 km. The nearest airport Nea Anchialos National Airport is 46 km away from Archontiko Naoumidi. Athens and the International Airport of Eleftherios Venizelos are at 350 km.


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