Story by: Catherine Keith
In Greece, a country where ancient history meets modernity, there is more to discover than just the views. Today we are seeing how a rich tapestry of flavors unfold and greet us with the symbols of Greek culture, serving as a way to mirror the country’s history, and it’s way of life.
One of the most known foods is the iconic Greek salad. This is a prime example of the country’s commitment to seem simple, yet so full of life. This traditional plate comes topped with tomatoes, cucumbers, feta cheese, and (of courses) olives. It embodies the term fresh, and it is a great symbol of the Mediterranean landscape.
Greek coffee is a huge symbol of the rush of life in Greece, and it symbolizes tradition, and the enduring hospitality. Made in a Briki, combined with grounds, water, and liquid sugar, this savory brew is an everyday staple for most working Greeks, and is surprisingly boiled instead of brewed.
The Greek gyro, one of the most popular Mediterranean handhelds, is a culinary marvel to those who enjoy the meat filled snacks. Gyros are a very common meal that can be now accessed everywhere due to its popularity. Each Gyro filled with meat, vegetables, and topped with tzatziki, this modernized food symbolizes continuity, and the people of Greece’s good spirits.
A great example of Greece’s ability to adapt to diversity is the moussaka. This is a dish that has been passed down through centuries. The moussaka casserole is mainly eggplant, with meat and bechamel sauce inside. It has many cultures that come together to influence its creation, including the Middle Eastern and Ottoman people. This casserole is a staple to Greek culture, for it represents the history of encounters, while also symbolizing the union of deliciousness.
If desserts are on the menu in any Greek event, it is sure to be starring Baklava. This sweet delicacy is very traditional in Greek households and are used as gifts to guests who visit. This pastry, layered with nuts and honey, is a great example of a dessert that symbolizes the warmth and generosity of Greek culture.