What Is Mediterranean Food?

When you think of Mediterranean food, what comes to mind? You may think of pittas and hummus, and little else. The cuisine however, is extremely varied and diverse. There is much more to it than that.

Mediterranean food includes dishes from:

  • European countries such as Greece, Italy and Spain;
  • North African countries, such as Algeria, Libya and Morocco;
  • and Middle Eastern countries, such as Lebanon, Syria and Turkey.

The cuisine includes a variety of ingredients and exotic spices.   

The combination of unique flavours and nutrition has made Mediterranean food very popular around the globe. The Mediterranean diet is rich in lean proteins; fresh fruits and vegetables; grains; seeds and nuts; and healthy fats like olive oil. 

Some popular herbs, spices and ingredients

 Basil, bay leaf, black pepper, cloves, coriander, cumin, dill, fennel, garlic, lavender, marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley, paprika, rosemary, saffron, sage, savory, sumac, tarragon & thyme.

assorted cooking spices

What you can produce with some of these herbs & spices is truly amazing!

Some delicious dishes!