10 Ancient Greek Superfoods

Superfoods have become extremely popular in the last few years as a healthy part of a balanced diet. Emerging as a new trend, superfoods have made their way to the marketing community, the super market shelves and our own cupboards.

ancient greek superfoods

But what if we told you that most superfoods originate from ancient Greece and continue to add value to the Mediterranean diet up until now. Let us introduce you to 10 of the most popular superfoods that you will find at any Greek home, restaurant or tavern.

1. Mastic from Chios

Mastic from Chios

Its shoots have been used as an appetizer, its tears or else mastic resin were used to freshen the breath and clean the teeth. Mastic’s antioxidant extracts work against atherosclerotic plaque while its polyphenols are proven to reduce cholesterol levels. It also exhibits an anti-inflammatory action and helps in digestion, it functions as an analgesic, an appetite stimulant, a diuretic, a cough suppressant and an aphrodisiac.

2. Olives & Olive Oil

 Olives & Olive Oil

Produced in several parts of Greece, olives and olive oil protect against heart disease, strokes, heart attacks, breast cancer, colorectal cancer and stomach ulcers.

3. Krokos Kozanis

Krokos Kozanis

Krokos Kozanis is a natural antidepressant, it helps to balance your weight and protects against cancer, Alzheimer and cardiovascular diseases.

4. Fish Roe from Missolonghi

Fish Roe from Missolonghi

It contains valuable Omega-3 fatty acids that play a crucial role in the development of the brain, it boosts the immune system, it has antithrombotic action and prevents cardiovascular diseases and cancer.

5. Mountain Tea

Mountain Tea

It has antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, protects against osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s disease.

6. Kapari


It works as an antioxidant enhancing the immune system.

7. Thyme Honey

Thyme Honey

Besides its exquisite taste, thyme is known for its anti-bacterial and anti-cancer activity.

8. Corinthian Raisin

Corinthian Raisin

Used in several Greek desserts, the Corinthian raisin has anti-cancer and antihypertensive properties.

9. Santorinian Fava

Santorinian Fava

Santorini’s local fava is high in fiber and works well against cholesterol and functions well with the digestive system. It is also a good source of phosphorus, copper, vitamin B1, iron, potassium and magnesium.

10. Dried Figs

Dried Figs

Dried figs are rich in natural fiber, potassium, magnesium and calcium. They help control your weight and blood pressure, enhance the function of the nervous system, the metabolism and increase bone health.

There are many more popular superfoods in the Greek land such as almonds, pistachios, dictamus, krano, pomegranate, oregano and sage along with other herbs and spices that have contributed in the beneficial properties of the Mediterranean diet.

So, next time you visit Greece make sure you slip more Greek superfoods into your diet!



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