Through the centuries the Greeks fully exploited to their advantage everything foreign. Slowly-slowly they created and stabilized their own traditional Greek Cuisine, bringing it to enviable levels. To this successful evolutionary course of Greek, Cypriot and Island cuisine contributed not only the experiences gained or the skillfulness of the Greek people but also the great variety of feeding stuff produced on our land. Actually in this sense the contribution of Greek cuisine is great and this is recognized by the thousands of foreigners who visit Greece, Cyprus and the Islands every year.
From hearty stews, to warming soups and simple side dishes, traditional Greek food combines the freshest of ingredients from land and sea to create a highly appetizing and healthy cuisine. The Greek diet is the perfect example of traditional Mediterranean eating. It's based around a variety of colorful and flavorful foods that are high in nutrients and low in animal fats.
The modern diet considers the Cretan diet and the Cretan way of life as the reason for long living and good health. Most of the international researches bring Crete forward as the example of the Mediterranean Diet. The most important product that gave so much credit to Cretan Diet is their virgin olive oil. The contribution of the local wine, vegetables, meat, dairy products (feta cheese, gruere) is also significant. Crete has one of the oldest and most tasty gastronomic traditions in the world, a tradition of tastes, aromas, ingredients and skills which begin from the prehistoric years.
Macedonia has been visited by many civilizations, through the centuries. This way, the culture, and furthermore, the cuisine has accumulated concepts from these nations. Macedonia has been part of Yugoslavia Also, it has influenced them in exchange. Other influences come from Greece, Bulgarian and Italy, on one hand and from Turkey on the other hand.
People from Macedonia were appreciated by the Turkish as being big gourmands and also differentiated from the other nations through their specific way to prepare the fish and the Lamb kebab. Although the Macedonian cuisine was inspired by the cuisines of the surrounding nations, regional cuisines did not develop and hence, the Macedonian cuisine is watched as a whole. However, it is characterized by diversity.
Corfu (Kerkyra), Paxi, Lefkatha, Ithaki, Zante (Zakynthos), Kefalonia, Ithaki, and Kythira are the largest islands in this group that offers a wide range of unique tastes in their recipes. The islands were ruled at various times by the Venetians, the French, and the English, and the cuisine that developed here is refined, with strong Italian as well as French influences.