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Traditional Cyprus food...
For a healthy Mediterranean diet!
together with Cyprus living standards and quality of life are the reason why many people on the island are very healthy and live to a ripe old age!
The secret is in their
which is the same as Greek food and includes basic foods such as Greek
, olives, an abundance of fresh fruits, Greek salads, vegetables and the freshest of fish which comes straight from the sea.
Greek Cypriot born, London based Tonia Buxton has brought the wonders of Greek food to millions of viewers in her popular TV series
My Greek Kitchen
. Based in the village of
(just a few kilometers from
), Tonia's travels include Cyprus and Greece. Her new series filmed in Cyprus is called
My Cypriot Kitchen
and a third Greek Kitchen is now being filmed.
is always accompanied with a slice of crunchy bread and olives, cheese, tomatoes and cucumber is a traditional Mediterranean snack often eaten for breakfast in Cyprus.
This tasty snack can also include dips such as hummus, taramosalata, aubergine and tzatziki (yoghurt, shredded cucumber, mint and garlic) which are delicious eaten alone or with warm pitta bread.
Lots of fresh lemon is squeezed over food in Cyprus and there are always bowls of salads and mountains of sizzling chips made from the famous red potatoes grown in the red villages of the
area of the island.
includes lamb, pork, chicken and fish served with potatoes, pasta, rice and pulses (beans, lentils etc). Dishes are often very simple and easy to cook and one such dish is
which is famous throughout Cyprus and Greece and many other Mediterranean countries.
Meze - Traditional Greek Food
Meze can be eaten as a snack, for lunch or dinner and often include as many as twenty or more little dishes. These bite size dishes are a great introduction to the cuisine of Cyprus and include stuffed vine leaves and cheeses such as feta,
Spicy loukanika and pastourma sausages and
keftedes (meat balls)
are just some of the many tasty mezhedes you can try.
The fishing boats bring the freshest of fish and seafood straight to the restaurants of the island.
Amongst the most popular local dishes are calamari (fried squid) and barpooni (red mullet).
Vegetarians are well catered for as most of the Cyprus food accompanying meat and fish dishes is a meal in itself and is often eaten separately. Just a few examples are the stuffed vegetables
and Lahana (a green vegetable similar to spinach but not so sweet) with black eyed beans, drizzled with
is a traditional Cypriot and Greek dish made with mince meat (normally lamb) courgettes, aubergines and potatoes covered with a thick bechamel sauce.
There are many tasty meat caserole dishes and as the juice is so delicious it's customery to mop this up with wedges of fresh crusty bread.
Meat eaters will enjoy Cyprus foods such as the tender lamb and pork dishes of Kleftiko and
and traditional beef, pork and lamb dishes of as stifado and tava.
Pastichio is made with layers of mince meat, herbs and thick macaroni and another classical Cyprus dish is ravioli filled with halloumi cheese and mint. Spaghetti or macaroni are often eaten with grated halloumi or anari cheese, sprinkled with dried mint.
Breakfast is often a simple meal consisting of olives, juicy tomatoes and baby cucumbers and can also include fried/grilled halloumi, eggs and lountza (Cypriot bacon/sausage) with delicious fresh crunchy sesame-seed covered bread called koulouri (in Cyprus pronounced goullouri). Anari (soft white cheese of Cyprus) or yogurt with fresh fruit drizzled with honey are also very popular.
Breakfast / Snack
Tiropita (cheese pies) and kouba (pictured above) or hot sesame-seed covered hoops of bread all make tasty snacks and are available from bakers and street vendors.
The people of Cyprus are very hospitable and visitors are always offered the traditional preserved fruit of glyko which in Greek means sweet. This is served on a small plate with a spoon, accompanied by a glass of ice-cold water or/and greek coffee.
For more information on the delights of the Cyprus Gastronomy visit our
page and check out the video below!
Kali Orexi! (καλή όρεξη)
Good Appetite - Enjoy!
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