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Greek superfoods (Part 2)

Greece ● 20 June 2017
 

Greece is blessed with a great variety of natural superfoods that give the Greek dishes their characteristic taste and promote wellbeing and good health.  These are some of the Greek superfoods, which you can buy and take back home in amazing prices.

Kozani crocus

Crocus or saffron was drunk by the ancient Greeks to fight insomnia and hang over, but today the contribution of crocus in good health is considered more powerful that just a medicine against insomnia. The crocus grown in Kozani, in northern Greece, is among the most expensive spices in the world because it takes more than 150,000 flowers to produce a kilogram of saffron. It is extremely popular for its aroma, flavour and colouring properties, but the most impressive thing with saffron is its properties. It is packed with vitamins, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium and lycopene, and it is known for its cancer preventive properties as it is a powerful antioxidant and anti-ageing agent.

Saffron

Olive oil

Olive oil is considered to be one of the secrets of longevity in Greece. This main stuff of the Mediterranean diet is good for the heart, prevents thrombosis, has polyphenols that reduce bad cholesterol, is endowed with antioxidants that help battle cancer and the negative effects of ageing and helps diabetics control their blood sugar levels. Olive oil plays also an important role in the development of the central nervous system and ensures the smooth functioning of the digestive system. Olive oil has also qualities that are not related to food. It is used for cosmetic and pharmaceutic purposes. And why you should buy olive oil from Greece? An increasing number of studies have shown that the olive oil produced in Greece have a higher polyphenol content that this from other countries, such as Italy or Turkey.

Olive oil

Honey

Greek honey was prescribed by Hippocrates for all his patients, and the ambrosia, the food of Greek gods, is said to contain royal jelly. Honey is an amazing source of carbohydrates, antioxidants, vitamin B complex and minerals necessary for a balanced system. Greece's rich biodiversity, with a great variety of flowers, herbs and trees, has a special effect on the honey produced here, giving it exceptional flavour, aroma and density.

Honey

Yoghourt

Greek yoghourt has a special place in the Greek cuisine, and it is made from cow's or sheep's milk, containing valuable bacteria that help the digestive system and fight cancer. Furthermore, yoghourt has all the nutrients of milk (protein, fats, calcium and phosphorus), but it is suitable for people, who are lactose-intolerant.

Yoghourt

Raisins

Greek raisins or currants are wealthy in nutrients, trace elements and antioxidants that help fortify our body against ailment. Although raisins are small and not very fleshy, two tablespoons of them per day meet 1/3 of recommended fruit intake. They have multiple health benefits: they provide energy boost, help deal with iron deficiency, have antioxidant properties, help lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and contribute to proper bowel functioning. Furthermore, raisins retain all these beneficial properties even when they are exposed to high heat, such as when cooked.

Raisins

Where to Stay

Hotel in Piraeus, Greece Hotel Delfini
Hotel Delfini
7, Leocharous str., 18531 Piraeus, Greece

Hotel Delfini is located near the port of Piraeus just 3 minutes walk from the old electric railway station (Metro Line 1) and 5 minutes walk from the port, which has direct accessibility to all Aegean islands. The center of Athens can be reached within 15 minutes from the nearest railway/metro station (Piraeus). The Athens International Airport can be reached in 1 hour and 50 minutes with the bus X95 or in 1 hour and 30 minutes with the electric train and metro.

Villa in Ithaca, Greece Yellow House Ithaca
Yellow House Ithaca
Vathi, 28300 Ithaca, Greece

Overlooking the village Vathy from its balcony, Yellow House villa is located on a small hillside only 400 m from the center of Vathy and from the port connecting Ithaca with the port Poros in Kefalonia. Piso Aetos port with a ferry connection to Sami in Kefalonia is at 7 km. The nearest airport is Kefalonia Airport, approximately 45 km away from the property.

Hotel in Rethymno, Greece Forest Park
Forest Park
Agiou Ioanni, 74100 Rethymno, Greece

Forest Park is located in the town of Rethymno, a 15-minute walk away from the sandy beach. Rethymno Port is a 20-minute walk away.


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