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Greek superfoods: the blessing of the Greek natural products

Greece ● 19 June 2017
 

Greece is famous for its fine natural products. The variety of natural products that promote wellbeing, maintain good health and give amazing flavour to the dishes of the Greek cuisine is great and can lead to the preparation of countless delicious recipes. These are the Greek superfoods that make Greece a blessed country.

Oregano

Oregano gives the Greek salad its characteristic taste, but it can be used in various dishes. The ancient Greeks considered it a symbol of happiness and joy, and they also knew its curative properties. It is among the herbs with the highest vitamin C content, and it also contains calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium, copper, manganese, vitamin A and boron. Oregano has antibiotic and antiseptic qualities and is used to alleviate symptoms of flu, gum disease and throat infections. Its antioxidant properties are 42 times greater that other superfoods, like apple.


Mastic

Mastic, the famous product of Chios, is considered beneficial to human health since the antiquity. Extracts from the mastic tree's resin can prevent arteriosclerosis and protect the heart, reduce sugar and cholesterol levels in the blood and have anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-cough, astringent and diuretic properties. In short, mastic is an all-around medicine.


Avgotaraho

Avgotaraho from Mesologgi, is one of the most eclectic deli Greek products. The Greek caviar is made from the eggs of the flathead grey mullet, and it is certified with a Protected Designation of Origin label. Avgotaraho has high nutritional value because it is an important source of protein, vitamins, iron, calcium, selenium, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids. Thus, avgotaraho contributes, among other, to a healthy cardiovascular system.


Trahana

Trahana is mainly used in soups or in dishes with meat and fish instead of rice or pasta, and it is low in calories. It is made with slightly sour milk and cracked wheat. It is rich in carbohydrates and fibre, and thus it is a great energy booster with few calories. Trahana has also lutein and carotenoids, which are powerful antioxidants.


Sage

The herb sage has amazing curative properties. It is mainly popular as a tisane, known as Greek tea. Sage has anti-catarrhal, anti-infective, antispasmodic and healing properties that explain its botanical name (Salvia officinalis), which is etymogically associated with the Latin word "salvare" (=save). Overall, sage boosts the nervous system, improves memory, stimulates blood circulation and contains antioxidants that counteract free radicals.


Spiny chicory

Spiny chicory from Crete has a distinctive bitterness, which gives the Cretan cuisine  its distinguished character. Spiny chicory is source of dietary fibres, antioxidants, iron, calcium, potassium, vitamins A, C and E and beta-carotene. Being a top tonic and diuretic, it helps cleanse the liver and has laxative properties.


Barley rusks

Barley rusks are considered a key component of a healthy and balanced diet. Made using barley flour, they are good source of vitamin B, selenium, phosphorus, silicone and chromium, and they help keep the bowels working properly, and they also fight cellulite.


Where to Stay

Hotel in Piraeus, Greece Alfa Hotel
Alfa Hotel
11, Grigoriou Lampraki Str., Nikaia, 18454 Piraeus, Greece

Located in Nikaia, Alfa Hotel offers easy access to national roads. Nikaia area is 20 km away from Athens city centre. Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" is 42 km away and Piraeus Port 6 km away.

Hotel & Appartment in Athens, Greece Athens Way
9.1 10
Athens Way
17, Arachovis & Ippokratous Str., 10680 Athens, Greece

Located in Athens City Center, Athens Way hotel is within a 15-minute walk from Syntagma Square and a 10-minute walk from the nearest metro station. The Acropolis and the historic part of Athens, Plaka, are at 2 km. The lively Monastiraki Square is 1.5 km away. Athens International Airport is at 33.5 km and Piraeus port can be reached within 30 minutes using the light railway.

Hotel in Kythira, Greece Athena Hotel
Athena Hotel
Mylopotamos, 80100 Kythira, Greece

Athena Hotel is located in the traditional village of Mylopotamos in beautiful, unspoiled Kythira island. Famous waterfalls of Mylopotamos are at 900 m. Kythira National Airport is at 10.5 km, while Diakofti Port is 21 km away. Kythira has a ferry connection with Gytheio, Kissamos (Crete) and Piraeus (Athens).


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