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Greek Cuisine in Malta
What comes to mind when you imagine Greece? Crystal-clear waters, the cutest blue and white houses, sunset cocktails, an incredible atmosphere and insanely delicious Greek food!
Greek cuisine has been around for centuries and throughout its history, has maintained the same core triad of ingredients: wheat, olive oil and wine. Fish was regularly consumed by those who lived in coastal areas and meat has only featured more regularly in recent times.
Not much has changed since the inception of Greek food. We therefore very likely eat similar dishes to what Ancient Greeks would have consumed. We are eating historical dishes, worthy of the gods, those that survived the test of time!
Greek Food Is Great!
Greek cuisine has to thank all its ingredients that are produced around the country for its outstanding performance on the world food stage. It isn’t just the cooking methods that makes it so popular, but the unique tastes of their incredible staple products that add depth to each dish, plus a few other factors:
Greece is part of the Mediterranean and we all know that the Mediterranean diet is considered to be one of the healthiest in the world. Greek dishes combine most food groups, which would give your body all the necessary vitamins and minerals it needs. It’s largely based on local produce, what’s available and in season, which means it incorporates many fruits and vegetables – meat is not the star of the show here! Protein comes from legumes and beans, seafood and lamb. Olive oil from here is top quality and so it should be, it’s been around for years, so they’ve had plenty of time to perfect it! All you need is some fresh bread and a bowl of this – you’ll want for nothing!
Eating fresh food always makes you feel healthy for some reason, right? When you have such a vast array of unprocessed and natural ingredients that grow right on your doorstep, you won’t look any further! Basil, thyme, oregano, rosemary and sage are all native here, not to mention that Greece is surrounded by four seas, so the seafood and fish is pretty much delivered to your plate right from the water! Fresh is best – especially when it comes to health!
It’s A Bonding Experience!
Eating brings people together, there’s no doubt about that. In Greek culture, this is especially evident and is portrayed as such in many films – My Big Fat Greek Wedding springs to mind! It’s all about connecting and nurturing relationships over good food and good wine. All this, coupled with the amazing hospitality that the Greeks will show you, is truly a fine dining experience!
It’s Full Of Flavour!
Throughout the ages, Greek food has become quite diverse, but has remained true to its nature. Influences from other nations can be seen – honey from the Persians, pasta from Rome and coffee from the Turks. We can all thank Greece for being the home of the first wine making and they even have a god for it – Dionysus – who is a nature god of fruitfulness and vegetation, but more importantly – wine!
They are a nation that will never forget where they came from. Their historical roots and traditions are still embedded in their culture till today, including their food! You will be indulging in meals in much the same way the Ancient Greeks did thousands of years ago, perhaps as far back as 350BC. Old habits haven’t died hard here – and thankfully we get to enjoy it!
Many Greek dishes are plant-based and therefore perfect for today’s trend. Pescatarians can also happily pamper their tastebuds with freshly caught seafood in most Greek restaurants and seaside eateries. There isn’t a dish that doesn’t taste divine, whatever your preference is!
Greek Dining In Malta
If the above doesn’t tempt you to delve into dive in and explore this nation’s cuisine, we don’t know what will!
From Mdina to the coastal towns of Sliema, St. Julian’s, St. Paul’s Bay and Mellieha, there are Greek restaurants dotted throughout. Some offer mezze platters and simple dishes, while some places feel fancier. All of these serve delicious Greek food! If you want to feel as though you’re on some sunny Greek island, then head to one that’s by Malta’s own perfect waters. Perhaps because you can’t travel that easily right now, it will feel like you’ve taken a trip!
We deserve to treat our bodies with respect, and ‘you are what you eat’ has never been closer to the truth. Greece prides itself on longevity, and its food is central to this. It has been Mother Nature’s best gift to them. A gift worth sharing and undoubtedly worth tasting!