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Greek Orthodox Easter: Religious Traditions, Customs and Food Habits

Easter –‘Pascha’ in Greek– is considered the greatest celebration of the Eastern Orthodox Church and is demonstrated with religious ceremonies followed by various customs. Easter symbolizes the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and is commemorated all over the mainland as well as the islands and is an important family feast. Its roots originate from […]

Today’s Mediterranean Diet in Greece: Findings from the National Health and Nutrition Survey—HYDRIA

This study aimed to investigate the food and macronutrient intake of the population in Greece and evaluate its adherence to the Greek traditional Mediterranean diet. Methods: Adults over 18 years old (n = 4011) were included from the 2013–2014 National Health and Nutrition survey—HYDRIA. Dietary intake was collected using two 24-h recall interviews and a […]

International Museum Day

The Conviviality of Mediterranean Museums – Mediterranean Diet Emblematic Communities Network – Joint Initiative The International Council of Museums (ICOM) established International Museum Day in 1977 to increase public awareness of the role of museums in the development of society, and it has been steadily gaining momentum ever since. On the occasion of the 2022 […]

Carnival: Symbolic Rituals and Nutrition Practices

Greece, even though living and taking an active part in a contemporary era, is a country that is strongly linked to its traditions and customs. Going through the meaning of the word tradition, we see that it derives from the Latin “traditio” which in Greek would be paradosi (παράδοση), implying offering, delivering, or giving. It […]

Mediterranean Vegetable Garden in the 2nd Primary of Hora

In the beginning of March 2022, pupils from the 2nd Primary School of Hora (Municipality of Pylos-Nestor), will start growing vegetables as a teaching resource so as to make them understand where their food originally comes from.  Food growing can teach children about soil, nutrition, science, and life cycles of the vegetables and the eusocial […]

World Wetlands Day – 2 February

For thousands of years, wetlands in the Mediterranean have provided people with water, food, building materials, fertile soil, navigation, and energy. Areas with a water source were a prerequisite for life, so there were developed today’s cities, such as Stari Grad on Island Hvar in Croatia, Tavira in Portugal, and Soria in Spain. Next to […]

Mediterranean Diet Pyramid Today. Science and Cultural Updates

Published in Public Health Nutrition: 14(12A), 2274–2284.  Anna Bach-Faig, Elliot M Berry, Denis Lairon, Joan Reguant, Antonia Trichopoulou, Sandro Dernini, F Xavier Medina, Maurizio Battino, Rekia Belahsen, Gemma Miranda and Luis Serra-Majem, on behalf of the Mediterranean Diet Foundation Expert Group, Mediterranean Diet Foundation, Barcelona, Spain: Department of Human Nutrition and Metabolism, Braun School of […]

Food Traditions on the Islands of Brač and Hvar

The Mediterranean dietary model forms the basis of the entire culinary system of the islands of Brač and Hvar. The interrelationship between natural resources and human needs and, consequently, human skills, is reflected in the diet of the inhabitants of these islands. Despite some slight variations, there are two distinct diets typical of both islands […]

Food & Climate Shaper Boot Camp – Mediterranean Edition

From September 6th to the 12th, 2021, the second edition of the “Food & Climate Shapers Boot Camp – Mediterranean Edition” will occur in Cilento. This innovative training project is dedicated to the themes of the Mediterranean Diet and integral ecological regeneration, organized by the Future Food Institute, in collaboration with the FAO eLearning Academy. […]