Category Archives: Did You Know?

What are Fava Beans?

Fava beans were cultivated in the Mediterranean region at least as far back as the time of the Ancient Greeks, representing one of the oldest crops to be cultivated by humans. It should therefore come as no surprise that they have for a long time served as a key component of many falafels.

Though this popular food is called a bean, it is in reality a type of pea. They grow in long, pea-like pods, from which they must be shelled before cooking. Fans of these beans describe them as having a distinct, creamy flavor that goes well with many dishes. They have been a big part of culinary traditions throughout the Mediterranean for hundreds of years, particularly during the summer when the crop is in season.

Fava beans are not only delicious, but also a healthy choice. They feature many valuable vitamins and minerals, including a rich serving of copper, vitamin B6, vitamin K, thiamin, potassium, folate, selenium, iron, magnesium, and zinc. They are also a strong source of dietary fiber.

Come to Athena’s Food Truck in Seattle for a hearty falafel sandwich today!

Where Did Souvlaki Come From?

It is unclear when souvlaki was first invented, but barbecue methods similar to those made to cook modern souvlaki have been practiced since ancient times. Homer himself spoke of meat being roasted on spits. Archeological artifacts from as far back as the 17th century, BC discovered in Santorini, Greece appear to be a set of stone barbecue with supports for skewers. A bed of coals was apparently placed along the bottom of the vessel, with a line of openings serving to feed oxygen to the flame. Skewers of meat would then be placed across the open top.

At our Seattle food truck, you can taste this ancient practice put to delicious use in the form of our souvlaki dishes. Come and try this hearty classic today!

What are Greek Fries?

Looking for a good side to go with your meal at our Seattle food truck? Why not put a little Greek spin on a common fast-food favorite in the form of our Greek fries? This dish represents an exciting pairing of French fries with quality, Greek ingredients, the end result of which many people find irresistible.

Greek fries, as you might expect, generally come in the form of strips of potato, fried in olive oil and topped with feta cheese. Our own fries use garlic, tzatziki sauce, crumbled feta, and kalamata olives. Not only are they a heartier and more delicious alternative to basic French fries, but they also offer greater nutritional benefits as well. Treat yourself to some Greek fries with Athena’s Food Truck today!