Greek cuisine will not be alien on your taste – that is if you are already got a taste of Italian, Turkish, Balkan, and Levantine cuisines as they share the same characteristics. The way the Greeks cook is believed to have greatly influenced that of the Western cookery’s way. Its delicacies have evolved along its 4000 years of culinary tradition and history.
One common characteristic of most Greek delicacies is the use of olive oil. Produced from olive trees, this oil is prominent all over the regions of the country and which thus give its dishes that distinctive taste. Though barley is grown in the country, wheat is considered to be the basic grain. And if you are a vegetarian, you will surely be delighted to know that many of the dishes in the country have vegetables as their main ingredients. Among the important vegetables in Greek delicacies are eggplant, tomato, green beans, potato, okra, onions, and green peppers.
Meat products in Greece are said to have uncommon taste – as related by many tourists – mainly for its terrain and climate that proved favorable for tending sheep and goats. If you are a cheese lover, you might be ecstatic to get a taste of Greek cuisines cooked with various cheese types, such as Kasseri, Feta, Kefalotyri, Anthotyros, Mizithra, Metsovone, Manouri, and Graviera.
The Greeks love to eat! You should therefore not be surprised to see many of them dining out, especially with their range of sumptuous delicacies. All around the country are Estiatorio and Taverna that are all ready to serve affordable yet great-tasting Greek delicacies that locals and tourists alike would sure appreciate.