81 SEARCH RESULTS FOR: Longevity
10 May 2022
On Ikaria, my native island and a Blue Zone, renowned for the longevity of its inhabitants, there are lots of secrets to my fellow islanders’ legendary life spans. Weeds - or, better put, wild (and cultivated) edible greens and herbs - are key! And while Mediterranean gardens are loaded up with plenty of varieties, today I want to focus on arugula, one of the most beloved salad greens in the Mediterranean. It grows wild on the island but it is also a favorite cultivated green, too.
24 January 2022
Greek honey is one of the most therapeutic and delicious foods on earth, and a mainstay of the Mediterranean diet! On Ikaria, local honey, always raw and pure, is one of the secrets to longevity! Here are five tips for how to use it and enjoy it in savory and sweet dishes alike.
9 May 2021
Ikaria Longevity Secret: Drink Greek Coffee Greek coffee made headlines in 2013 as the elixir of life, the secret to longevity among inhabitants of Ikaria, all thanks to a stuffy conducted by Dr. Gerasimos Siasos a physician and professor at the University of Athens Medical School, and published in Vascular Medicine in March, 2013. It essentially found that drinking a ...
8 September 2019
Sweet potatoes played a special role in the Ikaria longevity diet and are a great ingredient for anyone interested in healthy Mediterranean Diet recipes. They were grown traditionally on the south side of the island and eaten as a humble dessert! But they were also a choice tuber for seasonal Greek salads, as in this one, a remake of ...
12 August 2019
In the summer gardens of Ikaria, the island of longevity, zucchini prevails! This local Ikaria recipe for zucchini fritters is one of the most popular Greek summer recipes on the island. Serve it with Greek yogurt or tzatziki, and sip a little Greek ouzo for pleasure, too!
10 April 2019
We've made our annual Easter sojourn to Ikaria, the Blue-Zone Greek island renowned for the longevity of its inhabitants. Here in Greece, schools get two weeks off, so we've already been here a few days and will stay through the whole "Lambro Evdomada," or "Bright Week," as the week after Easter is called.
12 September 2017
I can easily say that this traditional recipe from the island of Ikaria is my all-time favorite Greek greens pie, a delicious blend of as many sweet greens, onions and/or leeks, and squash or carrots as you can muster. It's a nutritional powerhouse and delicious to boot. To find some of the artisinal Greek products you'll need to make this, ...
8 February 2016
POTATO LOVE AND LONGEVITY Like many potato lovers, my earliest memories of the humble spud are linked to Sunday family dinners, to a dark, glistening roast that my mother hovered over, matter-of-factly satisfied by the proper, telling smells of garlic and oregano seeping out of our oven, and to a ricer, which to my child’s eyes was as good ...
7 August 2015
Ikaria Longevity Secret: Petimezi, an Ancient, Natural Sweetener I took this picture a few years ago, while pressing grapes the old-fashioned way in a neighbor’s yard. Almost everyone on Ikaria makes their own wine and many people live in old houses that are still outfitted with a large stone basin with a spout, in which they press grapes and ...
4 August 2015
The tomatoes are high and climbing, their stiff, tannic leaves silvery under a light but necessary dusting of sulphur, which helps keep the tomato fly at bay. The fruit is a jumble of green and red, smooth or creased, round or oval, depending on the variety. We’ve planted several kinds, including a few thick-skinned, older kinds, in our summer garden ...