It important to note that the Mediterranean cuisine is not normally a product of a specific culture or ethnic group. It is important to note that the traditional Mediterranean cuisine is usually a culinary trend that is shared by different people who live in the region around the Mediterranean sea. This traditional cuisine is faced by different ways of cooking due to the varying of catcher from different geographic regions around the Mediterranean sea. The traditional Mediterranean cuisine is not governed by any specific culture but it is a product of cultural exchange and influence. It originated from different cultures found around Mediterranean sea making direct contact in the effort of civilization resorting into a group’s culture that eventually became adopted.
In this article will analyze the traditional Mediterranean cuisine. It is important to note that the traditional Mediterranean cuisine has characteristics that are as a result of climate and the geography of any region found around the Mediterranean sea. A very good example is a geographical region with sun and mild Mediterranean climate that usually see an agricultural bounty which will influence the vegetable dominant cuisine in that specific region. There are the most prevalent ingredients used for the traditional Mediterranean cuisine such as olive, grapes, wheat and fresh vegetables.
The olives are used to make the olive oil. The olive produces very bitter oil which is normally used in a variety of dishes as well as dressing as perfumes. The olives are also used in variety of Mediterranean cuisine in order to add a fermented, punchy, acidity to the dishes. It is important to note that almost all traditional Mediterranean cuisine involves fresh vegetable which takes the center stage in all dishes throughout the region. These vegetable includes the tomatoes, artichokes, onions, okra, squash, cucumbers, legumes, eggplant, mushrooms, and lettuces.
The traditional Mediterranean cuisine can involve these fresh vegetables in a variety of forms including saut?ed grilled, baked, roasted, served fresh in salads, or pureed. There is use of meat though used sparingly in most of the cuisines and normally most of the traditional Mediterranean cuisine will grill the meat. This is as a result of the Mediterranean is a rocky terrain that cannot really support herding of animals like cows, sheep, goats, chicken, and pigs. This is usually difficult for some wild game.
Some of the traditional Mediterranean cuisines involves the sheep and goat milk in form of cheese and yogurt. They use seafood as the primary source of protein appearing in many dishes. There is the use of herbs that characterizes the traditional Mediterranean cuisine. This is due to the fact that the region naturally suits the growth of herbaceous plants both indigenous and imported. The herbs used in traditional Mediterranean cuisine includes that marjoram, thyme, fennel, tarragon, oregano, garlic, dill, saffron, mint, cilantro, parsley, basil, and rosemary.