Ah, Greece. Home to famous philosophers, stunning landscapes, and, of course, phenomenal food that transports your taste buds straight to the peak of Mount Olympus.
But how did such bursts of flavor come to be? What exactly is a triptych? And is Ouzo as cool as it sounds? A quick pit(a) stop in Ancient Greece’s culinary history will tell you everything you need to know.
A Cuisine That Ouzos with History
The potential of a country’s cuisine relies on two things: geography and the creativity of its people. The classic Greek triptych (or trio), for example, consists of olives, bread, and wine thanks to the Mediterranean climate that allows olive trees, vineyards, and plenty of herbs and spices to dip psomaki in to flourish.
Of course, no one wants their cuisine to fall into a repetitive slump! Greece’s rich distilling history is proof of that. When absinthe fell out of favor, distiller Nikolaos Katsaros added anise to tsipouro, a strongly distilled spirit that would have kept ride sharing services endlessly busy if, you know, cars existed back then. The result was ouzo, a drink that rose so fast in popularity that it became the country’s national spirit. That’s the power of creativity, folks.
All Rhodes Lead to Greece
Even though Greek dishes have evolved over time, you can always rely on the flavorful fusion of flavors to have you dreaming of sundried herbs, tangy spices, and sprawling hillsides dipping down to blue waters. That is why we are excited to announce this month’s RawSpiceBar Blend.
Offering the fresh, tangy taste of the Mediterranean, RawSpiceBar’s Greek Blend perfectly blends oregano, garlic, onion, dill, parsley, marjoram, and thyme. No matter the meal, this month's spice blend offers a flavor-packed experience that transports you to the cradle of Western Civilization with each bite.
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