Nutrient-Dense Tarama–A Greek Superfood


Nutrient-Dense Tarama

Tarama, the tiny beads of fish roe from cod or carp, is so nutrient dense that it could easily be labeled a superfood. The roe provides a boost of cancer-fighting vitamin D and brain-supporting omega-3 fatty acids. The high content of vitamins A and K2 work synergistically to prevent toxicity and over-calcification of the bones, heart, and kidneys. . When combined with bread or potatoes to make taramosalata, a Lenten classic and one of the major Greek meze dips, the dish becomes a great source of protein, complex carbohydrates, monounsaturated fat (the good fat from olive oil), vitamin E, vitamin B12, potassium, selenium, phosphorus, and copper. The fact that taramosalata is a seminal part of the traditional fasting menu and on the Greek table daily during these periods, is not accidental at all.