What is Mediterranean Cuisine?

Mediterranean Cuisine includes the cuisines of all the countries that border the Mediterranean Sea. Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Syria, Israel, Egypt, Algeria, Libya, Tunisia and Morocco.

French and Italian foods are so well known in America, it’s almost like we don’t think of them as Mediterranean anymore, even though they are, especially Italy, which as a peninsula is virtually surrounded by the Mediterranean. Though French and Italian foods and to a lesser extent Greek foods have carved out distinct niches of Mediterranean cuisines, Tunisian, Turkish, Lebanese, Moroccan, Egyptian, Spanish cuisine is all Mediterranean cuisine.

At one point the Turkish based Ottoman Empire ruled all the Mediterranean South and East of Greece, that left a common cultural influence. And Spain for about 700 years, was ruled by the Moors, a name for peoples of North Africa and the Middle East.

When we think of Mediterranean we think of these ingredients:

DAIRY

Feta – Though it’s a fresh cheese, like mozzarella, blocks of the white cheese are brined, giving it a characteristic tanginess–just like lemons, sumac, and pomegranate molasses. Depending on the country, feta can be made from sheep’s, goat’s, or cow’s milk, or a combination.

Yogurt

VEGETABLES


Grape Leaves

Olives

Lemon

Parsley

Pepperoncinis

Garbanzo Beans

Sesame

GRAINS


Rice

Bulgur – Dried Cracked Whole Wheat

Couscous – a North African dish of Semolina (Granules of Durum Wheat) that are cooked by steaming.

SPICES


Thyme

Dill weed

Cumin

Oregano

Sumac

Mint

Cinnamon

BEANS & SEEDS


Chickpeas

Fava Beans

Sesame Seeds

Hummous – Made from ground Chickpeas and ground Sesame Seeds (Tahini)

MEATS
Lamb

Goat

FRUIT

Pomegranate

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Yllireply
August 7, 2017 at 3:12 pm

Jujubes chocolate bar apple pie chupa chups bear claw macaroon marshmallow tart. Cake jelly beans cupcake chocolate cookie pastry pudding halvah jujubes. Toffee macaroon oat cake danish fruitcake jelly beans.

Kaliente Rodriguezreply
August 7, 2017 at 3:18 pm
– In reply to: Ylli

Wow all those indigents?

Samantareply
August 7, 2017 at 3:20 pm
– In reply to: Kaliente Rodriguez

Hahahaha indeed.

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