The comestible weeds of Crete grow almost everywhere soil exists, without effort or human intervention.
We can find evidence of their consumption during ancient times in almost every Greek historian’s and philosopher’s records.
The studies that have been conducted during recent years and highlight the Cretan diet reveal that the Cretans’ good health stems heavily from the consumption of said weeds.
Rich in vitamins, acids and other substances that greatly benefit the antacid ability of the human organism, Cretan weeds also consist of large amounts of fiber that help the digestion and the correct functioning of the intestine, while containing very little calories and no fats.
Iron, calcium, metals and other important substances are also gained through the consumption of the hundreds of species of edible flora.
The most famous of them all is stamnagathi with its very special and slightly bitter taste. It can be eaten boiled, fricassee or raw in a salad.
Equally famous is kritamo with a slightly spicy taste while raw, but more salty while boiled and is often preserved pickled.
Endemism in Crete reaches a percentage that varies from 10 to 50% of species, with the low percentage constantly increasing from year to year. What does endemism mean, however? It means that there are exclusively specific organisms in a certain area, which implies a greater responsibility for their maintenance. In absolute numbers, one can find […]
It is even honored with a celebration in the village of Fournes each May. It is one of the most picturesque orange-villages of the Municipality of Platanias in the Valley of Keritis. Flower water is made from the distillation of aromatic plants and flowers through steam. In the case of Cretan flower water, it is […]
A walk in the plain of Chania – Platanias can convince anyone that Crete can produce everything and be self-sufficient. Citrus and avocados are some typical products of the plain, with the shift to this particular crop being almost universal. And yet... oranges are the ones that have marked the childhood years of every citizen […]
When someone mentions the cheeses of Crete, they certainly add to the “picture” the mizithra, the gruyere and the athotyro. In Crete, cheese is consumed in every hour of the day, from morning until late at night, as an accompaniment or as a main meze, an appetizer or even as a dessert. It is never […]