Greek Island Pantry

Greek islanders cook simply.  By necessity they eat local, seasonal, and sustainable foods.  Besides fresh vegetables they have many of these pantry staples on hand to prepare delicious meals. All of the foods on this list are related to longevity, passed down from generation to generation, and supported by research

  • Honey, preferably wild,
  • Olive oil, extra virgin, my favorite is Kalamata (koroneiki) from Greece
  • Olives
  • Capers
  • Tomatos, fresh in season, or canned; whole, sauce and paste (I use Cento or Bianco DiNapoli whole, canned)
  • Beans, dried or canned- Greek islanders eat chickpeas, lentils, and black-eyed peas, but all beans have health benefits
  • Wildflower tea- from Mt. Taygetos
  • Rusks, whole grain, (savory cookies/crackers)
  • Flour, I use sprouted white whole wheat by King Arthur, and white, unbleached Farmer Ground Flour from New York State
  • Sourdough bread, "natural starter" or "levain" indicates authentic sourdough
  • Dried/fresh herbs; oregano, rosemary, sage, thyme
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Cinnamon
  • Cumin