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The Greeks are not known for their fine cuisine but it can be healthy - plenty of salads and olive oil. Dishes are mainly borrowed from the Italians and Turks but Greek has enjoyed something of a revival and supermarket shelves display their share of Greek-style yoghurt and cheese while the Mediterranean diet is world famous for its health benefits. Chicken is cheap, lamb delicious, omelettes wonderful and Greek yoghurt and honey out of this world.

Feta cheese board
Fine facts about Feta

Feta is the best known of Greek cheeses, usually made from a mix of goat and sheep milk, and considered a healthy option when it comes to choosing a cheese.

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Enjoy a glass of ouzo

A Greek holiday is not complete without enjoying a glass of ouzo, Greece's national drink. Ouzo is a liquorice flavoured alcoholic drink that is found just about all over Greece

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Fears rise over Greek feta

The future of Greek feta cheese could be under threat in the wake of a new international trade deal with Canada includes clauses that remove PDO protection for feta.

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Greek olive oil best in Med

Olive oil is one of Greece's best products so why do we see so little in UK shop? The answer is the failure of the Greek government to promote the product.

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Let's eat Greek for starters

Greek food is enjoying a bit of a comeback at the moment with several Greek cookbooks on the market while holiday visitors to the Greek islands increasingly opt for traditional dishes.

Greek olive oil
Greeks face olive oil crisis

No visitor to the Greek islands will escape the acres of olive groves that carpet the island landscapes, from Corfu to Crete. Olives have been a staple of the Mediterranean diet for centuries.

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Black market in Greek herbs

No self-respecting Greek salad recipe would fail to include large dashes of Mediterranean herbs such as oregano and thyme but worries grow about the black market in herbs.

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Greek beer takes silver

A Greek beer has taken silver at the European Beer Star Awards, the first time ever that a Greek beer has figured in the prizewinners. The Greek beer Nisos is brewed on Tinos.

Greek food fresher

Many first time holidaymakers to the Greek Islands will remark on tasting their first Greek tomato or melon that they had no idea that vegetables and fruit could taste this good.

Fresh Veg
Greek cuisine

Greek cuisine is becoming a popular export with gastrophiles from across Europe embracing delicious mediterranean cooking. Recipe websites record many searches for traditional Greek delicacies, and restaurants outside of Greece will often offer Greek dishes on their menus.

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Greece stays pure on olive oil

Greece is to keep its olive oil 'pure' by continuing a nationwide ban on blending it with cheaper vegetable oils over fears it could spoil one of the country's signature products

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Greek olives in short supply

A poor harvest looks set to send the price of Greek olives soaring. Bad weather in mainland Greece and on much of the southern Mediterranean has led to a shortage of table olives.

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Santorini wines bring cheer

The wine of Greece has not enjoyed the best of reputations. That is fast changing as Greek wines enjoy something of a renaissance, with the Boutari winemakers of Santorini leading the way.

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Greeks fight for their feta

Greece has pledged to use all legal means, including a veto, to stop the foreign 'feta' imports into the European Union so food lovers can look forward to genuine 'feta' cheese when in Greece.

The Greek breakfast
Greek Breakfast

Eating out in a Greek taverna is just one of the memories many bring back from a Greek Island holiday. Now holidaymakers can recapture the taste on a newly launched English language version of the "Greek Breakfast".

Greek taverna sticker
Taverna sticker

Visitors to the Greek islands this autumn are advised to look for a special blue sticker when choosing a Greek holiday taverna. The sticker shows that the taverna or cafe have passed on savings to customers after a drop in VAT which came into effect in August

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