“Because of the many herbs and spices used on a daily basis, there’s no one herb or spice that defines Greek cooking,” says Nancy Gaifllia of The Spruce Eats. “However, there are a list of herbs and spices, both native to Greece and imported that are found most often in recipes for Greek food.” All Greek spices and herbs are grown free from genetic modified organisms (GMOs). In 2004, all Greek prefectures banned GMO crops, making the entire country’s produce GMO-free. U.S. chefs and foodies have indicated a preference for these naturally grown seasonings, but were limited to what’s available in our country. Now we have access to affordable, imported Greek herbs and spices.
Why Greek Herbs, Spice Taste So Good
Traditional Greek recipes were created by people who didn’t have a lot of money but had plenty of imagination. In addition to being among the healthiest of foods, Greek herbs and spices make every meal delicious! Greek recipes go back to the beginning of time as we know it, and most of the recipes haven’t changed throughout the ages. Greek gourmand Archestratus is believed to have written the first cookbook in 350 BCE.
Greek cooking offers many types of appetizers. In Greece, appetizers in the late afternoon are almost a fourth meal. Healthy appetizers using Greek herbs and spices can satisfy the hunger we experience between noon and 7:00 p.m., causing us to eat less at night. Here are other attributes of Greek cooking that make it a top menu choice for restaurants and families alike:
- It’s culturally flavorful – Historically, travelers brought their indigenous ingredients to Greece and took away Greek spices and herbs for their cooking. Romans brought pasta (from the Chinese) and sauces. You’ll find Middle Eastern ingredients in many Greek recipes.
- It’s fresher – Even though we have to import dried Greek herbs and spices, they are naturally fresher and organic.
- It’s healthy – Greek entrees are usually vegetable-based; unlike the U.S.; meats are an enhancement, not the main ingredient.
Greek Herbs for Marvelous Meals
Add these Greek herbs for a flavorful recipe enhancement:
- Bay Leaf
- Wild Celery
The Spices of Greece
These spices can add tasteful flavor to your meals:
- Hot Chili Pepper
- Hot Peppers
- Mustard Powder
…Did You Know?
You are most likely already using and serving Greek foods in your home:
- Feta – A rich cheese made from goat/sheep/ milk
- Filo – Paper-thin sheets of unleavened flour dough
- Lathera – Vegetable-based dishes cooked in oil (often olive oil)
- Pita – A round pocket bread that can hold meats or be dipped in spreads
- Yiaourti – Yogurt
Natural, Organic, and Affordable Greek Products
When you shop at GreekBioStore, you can be confident you are getting products that are not genetically modified. All our Greek spices, herbs, and olive oil products (including olive oil-based skincare products) are free from herbicides and pesticides. In fact, most of our 100% organic Greek food products are made from hand-picked Greek herbs.
Bring the divine taste of Greece to your home! We welcome your questions, comments, and recipe ideas. When you learn about the healthy benefits of Greek foods, you’ll make better recipe and meal choices, contact GreekBioStore to learn more.