We Are What We Eat: Crete

Photographer Matthieu Paley journeyed to Crete last year and brought back dozens of stories, recipes and experiences from this ancient island.

The people living on the Greek island of Crete love their wine and eat a rich variety of foods drawn from their groves, farms, and the sea. Photographer Matthieu Paley captures the joyful people that have lived on the Mediterranean diet long before it became a fad.


Photo by @paleyphoto (Matthieu Paley). Most of us see it as #grass, but 80 something Vangelio sees it as food, lots of it. I was amazed at how people in rural Crete can just head out into nature and identify "horta", wild #greens – as many as 40 different types. Later, Vangelio made delicious Kalitsounia : small pies filled with these super healthy wild herbs. Next time you go for a walk in the park, have an eye out, you might be stepping on wild fenugreek, orrel, hartwort, chicory, wild carrot, nettle, mallow, borage, chickweed or parsley! Even clover is delicious to add to a #salad : its sourness can replace lemon juice. A bit of knowledge will definitely add spice to your life… I am in #Greece looking at the #Mediterranean Diet, for part 5 of my @natgeo story on the Evolution of diet – how we are what we ate – coming out in September. #food #latergram #evolutionofdiet @thephotosociety @natgeocreative

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