Foods and Beverages to Sample While in Greece

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While most people flock to Greece to enjoy the stunning beaches, the warm Mediterranean sun, and the rich history of this ancient land, the country also boasts a strong reputation as being a foodie’s paradise. This land features a wide array of fresh produce, seafood, and other regional delicacies that are complemented with flavorful drinks and wine. Here’s a look at some things you should try while here:

Olives

It’s impossible to visit Greece without making olives and olive oil a significant part of your daily diet. Many Greek meals are accompanied by salty and briny olives. These little morsels are often served as an appetizer or snack. Olive oil is also an important component of any Greek meal. This lush oil is drizzled over salads, used as the main ingredient in dips, and more.

Seafood

With its coastal location, it is no surprise that the Greek culinary culture relies heavily on fresh fish and other types of seafood. Pick any local taverna by the water and you will be greeted with a variety of fresh catches. In addition to fish, be sure to try the calamari drizzled with lemon juice and olive oil. Another popular option is the bite-sized lightly fried fish. If it’s available, you also might want to try a traditional Greek seafood stew! You know everything you eat from the sea will always be fresh.

Cheese

There is no doubt that Greeks have a love affair with all types of cheese with the local feta leading the way. This flavorful cheese can be enjoyed on its own, sprinkled in salads, as a topping for crackers, and more. You will delight in picking out your feta from a big barrel of brine. Another favorite all over Greece is mizithra. This soft white cheese makes an excellent topping for pasta. Trypotia is a cheese pie that is a good choice at many tavernas for people looking for a rich and indulgent treat.

Baklava

Finish any Greek feast with a warm piece of baklava. This specialty features layers of filo dough stuffed with honey and ground nuts. The flaky crust pairs beautifully with the gooey filling to create a sweet masterpiece. For something less decadent, try a simple bowl of Greek yogurt topped with honey, nuts, or fresh fruit.

Alcoholic Beverages

Greece has some unique alcoholic beverages to try, and you won’t want to miss the chance to sample them while here. Whether drinking wine, sipping a Greek beer, or trying one of the many spirits the country has to offer, you really can’t go wrong. Check for local specialities, such as wine made from local grapes or special alcoholic beverages like Mastika, which is made on the island of Chios.

Make the most out of your visit to Greece by making sure that you try all of these local favorites. You won’t be disappointed!

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