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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.

Mastic

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.

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