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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 Kalambaka, Greece Hotel France
Hotel France
Kastraki, 42200 Kalambaka, Greece

Hotel France is located in Kastraki, Kalambaka. It is 22 km away from Trikala and 101 km away from Ioannina National Airport.

Hotel in Agios Nikolaos, Greece Elounda Krini Hotel
Elounda Krini Hotel
Andrea Papandreou, Elounda, 72053 Agios Nikolaos, Greece

Elounda Krini Hotel is located 1 km away from the center of the popular seaside resort Elounda and just a 5-minute walk from the beach. The scenic town of Agios Nikolaos and the port is at 8 km, while the capital of Crete, Heraklion, is at 70 km. Supermarkets, shops, restaurants can be found within a 10-minute walk.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Olympion
8.6 10
Olympion
10, Lorentzou Mavili str., 13671 Athens, Greece

Located 100 m from the suburban station of Kato Acharnes, connecting to Athens city centre. El. Venizelos International Airport is 35 km away from the hotel.


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