In recent years, the Cretan diet has been a byword of quality, variety and quantity in our diet. It is a fine, eclectic part of the Mediterranean diet and is not just fashion, but, according to UNESCO, «the intangible cultural heritage of humanity». It is no coincidence that the Cretans have a really good health. So, what is the secret of the Cretan diet?
The “secret” is that the Cretans eat lots of fresh greens, vegetables and fruits that have ripened naturally. The food becomes delicious by spiced and dried herbs of the island. The food mostly always is escorted with wine from the local wineries. The most important ingredient, however, is the fresh olive oil which constitutes the main source of fat to the Mediterranean diet.
Since ancient times, the main characteristic of the Cretan landscape and the Cretan diet was the thousands of olive trees in the mountains and at the valleys of the island. The olive trees are grown in Crete for the production of olive oil since 3500 BC, at the beginning of the Minoan period. We already learn from Hippocrates, Galenus, Dioscorides, and Diocles about the positive effects of olive oil in our health. Nowadays, it is scientifically proven that the olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids that are resistant to oxidation and decrease the LDL cholesterol without affecting HDL cholesterol.
Crete is a botanical paradise with a huge variety and hundreds of local plants since the climate favors the growth of herbs. The endemic plants of Crete amount to more than 2,000, with 130 species of wild flowers and herbs to be unique in Crete. Many of them have special aromatic and therapeutic properties. We invite you to take part in our excursions to the nature to discover the beautiful natural mosaic of Crete.
Crete has always been linked …. to the Mediterranean wine routes. The climate favors the growth of vineyards and dozens of local varieties grow on the island for centuries. The vineyards in Crete stretch over an area of 500,000 hectares and the production of wine amounts to 95,000 tons. Follow the visits we organize and become acquainted with the art of vinification and taste fine wines at well-known wineries such as the Wineries of Tamiolakis, Miliarakis, Boutaris, Lyrarakis, Strataridakis and other.