Mediterranean Diet Agenda

Although Portugal is not one of the countries in the so-called Mediterranean basin, its proximity to these countries has brought to Portugal traditions and eating habits typical of that region, including festivities, traditions, and certain specific eating habits, such as the use of olive oil, fruit and vegetables, meat and fish, honey, the consumption of cereals and the presence of wine to accompany meals. The identity of the national territory is intertwined with local and regional production, which is closely linked to the various agricultural production systems, the wide range of endogenous resources, traditions, and associated knowledge that constitute a living legacy of a unique and rich gastronomic heritage.

National Confederation of Agricultural Co-operatives and Agricultural Credit of Portugal (CONFAGRI), together with FENALAC – National Federation of Milk Producers’ Cooperatives, FENADEGAS – National Federation of Cooperative Wineries, FENAPÍCOLA – National Federation of Beekeeping and Honey Producers’ Cooperatives, FENAFRUTAS – National Federation of Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Agricultural Cooperatives, FENAZEITES – National Federation of Olive Growers’ Agricultural Cooperatives, FENAPECUARIA – National Federation of Livestock Producers’ Cooperatives created the MEDITERRANEAN DIET AGENDA, with the aim of deepening knowledge of agriculture and its products at a national level, in different territories of the country and involving agents from the various sectors with vast experience, work and implantation at regional level, thus promoting a national approach to this subject, which has made it possible, on the one hand, to characterise, promote and value the products and manifestations in the territories and, on the other, to identify the main constraints to the dissemination of best practices within the scope of the Mediterranean Diet in our country. 

This partnership, led by CONFAGRI, is a working partnership in the co-operative sector and a shared effort to support national farmers and their products that are representative of the regions and the Mediterranean Diet. Through this diary, we can travel around our country and see where we can find the foods that make up the Mediterranean Diet, learn about its history, at what times of the year we can have access to these foods, find out some curiosities about them and, the best part, how we can make delicious dishes with the products produced in Portugal.

From olive oil to milk and dairy products, including the huge variety of meat produced in Portugal (sheep, goats, cattle, and poultry), from cereals and tubers to vegetables and fruit, honey and not forgetting wine, you’ll find it all in this diary.

Made with kids and adults in mind and with a perpetual format, this Diary allows all users to learn about the curiosities of our products, get to know the territories, knowledge, and flavors associated with them and encourage their participation in the choice of daily menus, helping them to understand how a dish should be composed according to the Mediterranean Diet.

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