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10 Uncommon Foods Eaten In Greece

Updated on August 2, 2017

Just a warning, this list may contain descriptions of animal parts and blood. Read with caution.

Food is essential for every person around the world. Every culture has their own foods and delicacies. Greece is no different to any other nation in the world that has its own unique cuisine.

Greece is for its… uncommon and unsavory food choices. Nonetheless, their choices in cuisine are interesting to read about. From eating animal entrails that normally get discarded, the people of Greece have found unique ways to include them in their diets.

While it might be hard at first, learn to embrace the odd foods that Greeks call everyday specialties. Perhaps you will find a food that you will become fond of. The choice is entirely up to you. Moreover, it was necessary to create a list of delicacies regardless. There are some here that people may and there may be some that they don’t.

Lamb's Head


1. Lamb's Head

Without a doubt, the first item on the list is probably the grossest. Proposed to be ideal for a ‘romantic dinner for two’ the lamb’s head is similar to cooking half of a pig’s head, or a sheep’s head. Whoever thought that eating a lamb’s head as romantic, was sick in the head.

When it comes to eating this odd meal, be aware that you are in for chewing on the cheeks and tongue of the animal. That is also includes the skin and ears. You’d be downright nuts to attempt to eat this dish, but we are not the judging types. The Greeks love it.

Kohli Bourbouristoi


2. Kohli Bourbouristoi

Affirmative. You read the heading correctly. Kohli Bourbouristoi includes snails. The Greeks seemed to follow in the footsteps of the French who have escargot as one of their specialty dishes.

The snails in this dish are often canned and are of absolute outstanding quality. The sauce is superb. Serve it with bread. Again, it is not what a vast majority of people would eat.


3. Fried Octopus Ink Sack

Numerous cultures have seafood as a necessary role in their dietary intake. In Greece, there is a rare dish known as Fried Octopus Ink Sack.

If you’re thinking about whether you’ll actually be eating the octopus itself, don’t worry. You won’t be. The octopus’ ink sack gets eaten only. Fried Octopus Ink Sack gets served on Kalymnos island regularly.


4. Sea Urchin Salad

Greeks love their seafood. They will eat virtually fish in the sea. That includes Sea Urchins. Yes. You read that correctly. Sea urchin. The Greeks eat them.

Nonetheless, there is a special event called the Greek Lent. This is an event that takes place during Kathara Deftera also known as ‘Clean Monday’. This is one event that takes place during three weeks of apokries or ‘carnival’. The urchins come straight from the ocean.

Taramasalata (or Taramosalata)


5. Taramasalata (or Taramosalata)

Do you only eat pink foodstuffs? Do you love the colour pink? Perhaps, you enjoy salty foods. Taramasalata is definitely for you. It has positive fats such as monounsaturated fats and antioxidants. The dish has a ton of Vitamin C and lemon juice.

Taramasalata is a dip that can be addicting to eat. Fish roe an olive oil combine the components of the dip with bread or potato. Okay, this dish doesn’t seem terrible to eat. Just pretend that the colour is not pink. Just a word of caution the correct spelling is ’TARAMOSALATA’.

Most people prefer to construct the dip at home themselves since store bought Taramasalata often contains excess food colouring and thickeners. The colour of the dip varies from the type of fish roe used.

Taramasalata takes no more than 15 minutes to create at home.



6. Gyro

Are you a fan of Greek food? Are you a fan of the Mexican taco? Do you enjoy eating wraps and the Mexican burrito? Guess what? Fantastic news! There is a food out there that is a combination of the three! Meet the Gyro! Is has long been the poster child of Greece’s food culture. Though, Greece might not be the home of Gyro. It is a traditional street vendor food.

Just like wraps and burritos, the gyro has a soft outer bread.

The Gyro appears similar to a taco. It looks like a wrap. There is plenty of flavour that comes from the meat. There is plenty of ways you can jazz up your gyro. Cook up ground lamb, garlic and bacon into a meatloaf inspired mass. Then cook or rather, bake it a low enough temperature.



7. Patsas

Patsas are the ideal fix for a hangover. Drinking isn’t normally associated with Greek culture. Do not let this fact fool you. When they drink, it is best that they slow down. However, this is not about the Greek people and their drinking habits. This is about their dish known as Patsas.

The main components of Patsas include lamb tripe and the upper portion of the lamb. Salt, pepper, white wine vinegar and seven cloves of garlic. Might need to back off on the garlic. Anyway, Patsas is ideal if the dreaded hangover occurs. There is no correct way to cook Patsas. Every region in Greece will cook it differently to another. Various regions put in chilli while others put in pork belly.

As an alternative, Patsas often gets made into a soup. However, there is a word of warning. The smell can be terrible. It is best to have a window open in the kitchen you are cooking.



8. Kokretsi

By now you are probably thinking that the Greeks have become obsessed with lamb. You’d probably be right. Kokretsi is dish that mostly made up of the intestines of a lamb. Sweet bread often accompanies Koretsi as a side dish. Other sections of the lamb get used. Sections that include the heart, kidneys and liver of the animal.

Commonly, Kokoretsi is a dish served on Easter Sunday for dinner. The dish doesn’t always need to be lamb. It can be goat instead if desired. It can serve at least 6 to 8 people if it is two animals being cooked. This is more than enough if several people are being served at one time. Turkey favors Kokreski as one of its dishes.

Gavros Marinatos


9. Gavros Marinatos

Ordinarily, despite the odd name, Gavros Marinatos is the Greek equivalent of sushi. While the fish (AKA anchovies) is not actually raw when they enter the dish. The Gavros Marinatos get cooked and finally, marinated. The marinate into a liquid that is acidic. One example being lemon juice. Who doesn’t enjoy lemon juice?

Henceforth, the acidic liquid forms with the help of lemon juice and vinegar with the assistance of extra virgin olive oil and a tiny bit of oregano. Gavros Marinatos makes a great appetiser. It tastes amazing… in the eyes of the Greeks it is. Not saying that is terrible.

Gavros Marinatos is ideal for helping treat a cold. Gavros Marinatos is a great addition to salads and supplies texture and flavour. Normally, half a kilogram of anchovies is enough if the meal is being cooked for a portion of people.



10. Splinantero

I have spoken about lamb a bit. We have to talk about it one last time. Splinantero is a spleen and mutton sausage, cooked on a charcoal fire. To give it a more appealing taste, the Splinanatero uses the blood of a sheep and a goat.

Lastly, the dish comes from the Thessaly region and seen as popular. With that being adduced, Splinantero does not quite as strange as some of the foods have mentioned.


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