The following tastes remind me of Greece:
1. Cinnamon: The Greeks put cinnamon on many different dishes, including meat dishes. My fav, thus far has to be rabbit stifado (a stew with pearl onions) served with cinnamon (sorry, vegetarians!).
2. Lemon: Again, lemon appears in many dishes. It may be substituted for vinegar in a traditional Greek salad or appear as an accompaniment for not just fish, but chicken, lamb, or pork.
3. Salty everything: First thing Greeks reach for when those raw tomatoes or Greek salads hit the table is the salt shaker. Folks with high blood pressure or kidney problems should grab their portion before it gets generously sprinkled.
4. Anise: We must include the anise-flavored ouzo or tsipouro. I mean, we must!
5. Sharp Feta: True sheep’s-milk feta appears in many dishes, not just as a generous slab on Greek salads.
6. Mastic and Rose water: These flavors appear in everything from baked goods to confections such as Turkish Delight.
7. Thick pine-flavored Skopelos Honey, crunchy walnuts, and heavy rich Greek yogurt: You haven’t experienced the flavors of Greece until you’ve combined these three wonderful ingredients together!
8. Sweet peach and tart sour cherry: These difficult to find fruit juices in the U.S. are available throughout Greece.
What is your favorite Taste of Greece?