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Ancient People and Their Diet

How the Greeks Eat In Ancient Times

Greece’s rocky landscape dictated the food they ate in ancient times, like vegetables and fruits. They ate olives, lentils, chickpeas, green peas, and other beans. They also ate cabbage, parsnips and onions, garlic and leeks, also apples, figs, and almonds. Greek people ate more fish than most other people in the Mediterranean.

Breakfast consisted of bread dipped in wine. Bread dipped in wine again for lunch, along with some olives, figs, cheese or dried fish. Supper was the main meal of the day. Eaten near sunset it consisted of vegetables, fruit, fish, and possibly honey cakes, which had no sugar.

The Greek diet’s main source of protein is fish, and rarely is beef eaten because it was very expensive.

Civilized Greek people only consider eating fresh meat if the cows and the pigs were first sacrificed to the gods. The poor of the nation can only have beef and pork during religious feasts, given to them by the rich. But, generally, most people only had meat on holidays. It was only around 500 BC when they learned to eat chicken and chicken’s eggs.

What the Greeks drink? Wine, of course. It’s the main drink in ancient Greece. However, they take it watered down, as drinking it straight is considered barbaric, uncultured. And so is goat milk. But milk is mainly used in cheese production. The also eat bread, using it to scoop up or soak in food or soups. They eat with their hands and don’t use spoons or forks or knives. Bread is also used as napkins to wipe their hands and later thrown to the dogs. For dessert, the Greeks like honey cakes (they don’t know sugar), and yogurt with honey and walnuts.

Have you heard about Greeks feasting or having dinner parties? It was always exclusively male, no women in the house are permitted, even if they live there. After wine offering to the gods, the men ate, drank and talked politics or morals. Young girls and boys entertain. Merry-making can be wild.

Reminders of Ancient Greece by Seattle Food Truck

When you come by our food truck – Athena’s – and have a meal, know that what the ancient Greeks eat then is no different from modern day Grecian food. Well, Athena makes ancient a little more trendy and upbeat Washingtonian. Enjoy Greek fusion at its best served from Athena’s Seattle food truck.

Modern Greek Food and Ancient Influences

Greek Cuisine Down History

The base of traditional Greek food are those produced by the many small farmers of that nation – cheeses, oils, fruits, nuts, grains, legumes, and vegetables. Three items have characterized Greek cuisine through the centuries – bread, olives and wine. The country’s climate is perfect for growing olives and lemons, and its hilly terrain sprouts acres of vineyards as far as the eye could see. Its soil yield plenty of spices, garlic and herbs like oregano, mint, thyme, and basil, as well as vegetables, like zucchini and legumes of all types. And because part of the country is made up of islands, fish and seafood are common in the people’s diet. Poultry, beef and pork are also staple; and for holidays, the Greeks love to prepare lamb and goat dishes.

Names of their ingredients, dishes, and cooking methods have changed little over time and a study of each Greek recipe is like a journey going back to Greece’s history. More importantly, let us look at the major influences to Greek cuisine, though itself has influenced other cuisines. You can actually say that its cuisine is ‘fusion’ cuisine.

All the way back to 350 BC, in the time of Alexander the Great when the empire extended from Europe to India, the northern and eastern influences came into Greek cooking. When Rome invaded Greece in 146 BC, Roman style cooking was absorbed by Greece. And then came Turkish influence and for nearly 400 years since 1453 AD, when the Roman Empire fell to the Turks, many Greek classics bore Turkish names. Successive invasions brought other culinary characteristics – Venetians, Balkans, Slavs, and the English. Over time, Grecian cuisine evolved and adapted the different influences to their local taste, including their ingredients and cooking style.

The Greek diet also crossed borders and made influxes into other cultures around the world. So as it is, Greek food is no stranger even to people in North America.

Fusion Greek in Seattle Streets

Enjoy Athena’s delectable fusion dishes when she comes by your locality. Your Seattle food truck is just around the corner, offering rich cuisine rich in history.

The Most Gyros Eaten in Ten Minutes

How many gyros could you eat in ten minutes? This was the challenge of the 2013 gyro eating contest at the Houston Greek Festival. It was here that twelve bold gurgitators pitted their stomachs against plates of full-sized Greek sandwiches, made complete with lamb, beef, onions, tzatziki sauce, and pita bread, for a chance to claim the Gyro Eating Championship 2013 belt and the title of “Gyro Hero”.

The winner of this event was Joey Chestnut, the world’s top competitive eater and former gyro eating world-record holder. Averaging over two gyros per minute, his final total came out to 22.25 gyros. It is thusly that he claimed a new world record for gyros eaten in ten minutes, a record that stands to this day.

Even if you aren’t a record-holding competitive eater, Athena’s Food Truck in Seattle offers numerous delicious gyro options that will have you stuffing your stomach. Choose from lamb and beef, garlic lemon chicken, pork souvlaki, falafel, and hummus off of our catering menu for your own event.