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Greek traditional product : mastic or mastiha

Mastiha is a product that comes from the mastic tree. The sticky secretion, the resin, has the color of old wax and might not seem very special, but it has become a product that is known and wanted all over the world. Mastic has not only a unique taste but it has also been shown by scientific research that it is beneficial for the health. When a mastiha tree produces the resin, locals often refer to it as “tears”, or the “crying mastiha tree”!

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A Delicious Greek Salad : Cretan Dakos

Greece is known for its delicious food, healthy dishes and lots of salads. One of the dishes you can usually find on the tavern menu, under “salads”, is the “dakos”. It is a traditional salad, from the island of Crete. But do not worry, you can now also find it all over Greece!

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The pomegranate brings good luck for the New Year

On the first day of the New Year, in many Greek homes,  the new year is welcomed by opening a pomegranate for good luck. It is also common  to receive  a pomegranate (‘ρόδι’, made of metal, glass or other materials) as a gift,  to bring good luck ( ‘γούρι”) for the new year.
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Kourabiedes – Greek Christmas cookies – a recipe

It is nearly Christmas and preparations have begun. We decorate our house, and we buy or make sweets. In Greece, there are two kinds of cookies you can buy or taste all over Greece, during the Christmas Holiday season: melomacarona and kourabiedes. Maybe you would like to bake those delicious cookies yourself? Below you will find our recipe.

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Greek Christmas Traditions

Here below you will find information about some Christmas traditions in Greece. As a listening exercise you can click on the button above, where you will find the text in Greek while listening to teacher Konstantinos reading the text for you. 
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Moussakás: a delicious Greek dish

“Énan moussaká, parakaló” This is how Omilo students attending Greek courses in Athens, Nafplio, Lefkada or Syros order one of their favorite Greek dishes. When you visit Greece, you will definitely enjoy Greek cuisine and Greek food culture. Moussakas is the symbol of Greek cuisine, a dish you can find in most taverns in any season. Learn its history and try to cook a delicious moussaka, following our recipe.
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The famous Loukoumi and Halvadopita of Syros Island

“Come on, buy the original loukoumi of Syros”: This is what white-dressed loukoumatzídes (=loukoumi sellers) usually shout when entering the ferry at the port of Syros with their big baskets in order to sell their products.

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Parsley dip from Syros island

When we are on the island of Syros for the Greek summer courses, one of the things the Omilo team and students love, are the tavern meals. The taverns on Syros island offer lots of wonderful dishes worth discovering. Today we would like to share a recipe with you of a typical starter from Syros island.
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The Greek Food Culture

Whether you are living in Greece or just visiting, you will quickly notice that food has an important role in Greek society. Greeks consider a meal as quality time with friends and family. It is their way to socialize, to discuss various topics and concerns, to make fun and to offer hospitality. Even in a changing society, where fast food chains pop up everywhere, the traditional Greek kitchen holds the highest position.
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Fish Roe Salad – Tarama

Taramasalata or taramosalata is a Greek appetizer/dip made from tarama, the salted roe (fish eggs) of cod or grey mullet mixed with olive oil, lemon juice, and a base of bread or potatoes.
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