Why Some Cypriot Foods "Explode" in Your Stomach
Theres a lot of buzz these days about the health and longevity of the Mediterranean people, and the people of Cyprus are part of that buzz! And a lot of it is to do with the Cypriot Food.
Located on the eastern Mediterranean sea, Cyprus has evolved a great tradition of fine Cypriot cuisine from the Greeks and the Turks, with local twists and innovations. There are also Arabic and Middle Eastern influences. Its the best of everything combined.
Not to mentions remnants of Italian, French, and Anglo-Saxon delights. And it doesnt stop there! The modern western influence rounds-off the cornucopia of choices. Everyone has something perfect to eat in Cyprus.
The cuisine is so fresh and local, youll think youve died and gone to culinary heaven. The main ingredients of the cuisine of Cyprus include crispy green peppers and green beans, dense okra, carrots, and artichoke, sweet cucumber, tomato and grape leaves, and hearty beans, peas, and lentils.
To get a taste (excuse the pun) of what this Cypriot food really looks like in the flesh, watch the video below. The food section starts around 1:17 into the video.
Lets not forget the fresh ambrosia of fruits from the Gods, including ripe pears, apples, golden oranges and nectarines, succulent berries, cherries, strawberries and figs, luscious watermelon, avocado, and citrus, and rich pistachios, almonds, chestnuts, walnuts, and hazelnuts.
But we cant leave out the fresh herbs and spices, meat and dairy of Cyprus. These are the raw materials of the cuisine of Cypriot food, like an artists array of deep pigments for painting masterpieces.
Be prepared for Loukanika; juicy sausages seasoned with coriander, or the famous Koupepia; minced meat and pilaf rice stuffed into fragrant grape leaves.
Lets not forget the famous method for cooking in Cyprus: Kleftiko! Kleftiko means to steal in Greek. It refers to the Greek brigands who would steal the lamb or sheep from the mountains and cook the meat underground with hot coals. This slow-cooking method is the best-tasting meat you can find!
And theres more good news about the Cypriot food. It is everywhere you turn, and the quality of the restaurants and tavernas is amazing!
Once you find that perfect restaurant in Cyprus, you then have to pick something to eat off a Cypriot menu. But everything sounds amazing!
In this situation, order the Meze. With the Meze, you get it all! The Meze is short for Mezedhes, or little delicacies. Its a sampling of all the best flavors of the island in one. Up to 30 different dishes of Cyprus! But enjoy the Meze siga siga, or slowly slowly, cause its a lot of Cypriot food.
You must do a trip to the local farmers market. Most of the produce in the market will be familiar, however some items may appear new to you. Go and experience the vast range of local cheese, cured meats, sausages, herbs and spices on offer. As well as the wonderfully fresh fruit and vegetables.
Here's a list of opening times for various locations around Cyprus:
|Famagusta||Liopetri - Sotira Road ||Every Saturday & Sunday, 08:00hrs
|Larnaca||Dromolaxia Road||Every Saturday, 05:00 - 14:00hrs
|Larnaca||Deklia Road||Every Sunday, 06:00 - 18:00hrs
|Nicosia||Old Municipality Square Market||Every Saturday, 06:00 - 17:00hrs
|Nicosia||"Ochi" Square Open-Air Market||Every Wednesday, 06:00 - 17:00hrs
|Nicosia||Strovolos Municipal Market||Every Friday, 06:00 - 18:00hrs
|Limassol||Town Center, Off Arch. Makarios 111 Ave||Every Saturday, 06:00 - 13:00hrs
|Limassol||Linopetra||Every Saturday, 06:00 - 17:00hrs
|Limassol||Fasouri||Every Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays 09:00 - 19:00hrs