So seldom does Greater Jacksonville get to be legitimately trendy, that it’s worth changing your thinking about food just a little to learn more about how the beautiful people live.
While it’s true to the Mediterranean is one fifth of the world away, it’s equally true that many Mediterranean peoples sent emissaries our way starting about a million years ago.
Our climate in GR8RJax™ is conducive both to the immigration of Mediterranean peoples and the cultivation of their native foods.
What the Mediterranean diet is
Briefly put the Mediterranean diet promotes the advantages of the food ways and traditions of Crete, Greece and southern Italy as they were practiced in about 1960.
According to the Harvard University School of Public Health and the European Office of the World Health Organization, at that time Mediterranean folk enjoyed one of the lowest rates of chronic disease – cancer, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, etc. – in the world
And in spite of limited medical resources, and their total life expectancy was among the highest.
Mediterraneans, fond of food as we are, have resisted (for at least the last 50 years) changing the ingredients of traditional recipes as much as possible.
Often considered a “poor” cuisine, the traditional Mediterranean diet consists of
- fresh lean meats & seafood
- olive oil
- sea salt, fresh peppers & other traditional spices
- fresh fruits & vegetables
- nuts, berries & whole grains
- cheeses & dairy
- red & white wines
The traditional Mediterranean diet is very low in transfat, can lower bad cholesterol and is high in protein, dietary fiber, omega fatty acids and monounsaturated fats.
In addition, Mediterraneans enjoy a food culture built on well-prepared meals enjoyed in convivial settings with friends and family, daily exercise and the certainty that eating healthy and delicious food is one of life’s grandest pleasures.
If you’ve learned nothing else about GR8RJax™ it’s that we can grow some food around here.
Hence your potato festivals and watermelon festivals and blueberry and strawberry festivals, blue crab, shrimp and other seafood festivals, etc.
There’s even a garlic festival and one for the datil pepper.
GJE, she has told you about these already.
The one drawback to cooking Mediterranean, is of course, that you’re working with whole foods that need to be cleaned, chopped and diced and so on.
That’s part of the fun. Get your kitchen knives sharpened.
To speed you on your way, here’s a link to a free online cookbook of recipes to get you started on your grand adventure with the Mediterranean diet.
As a show of good faith, Your Examiner offers in the accompanying list a recipe in honor of National Hamburger Month, which May is.
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