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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.

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