Have you noticed, whilst flipping through magazines, surfing the net, or, when scrolling down social media sites, more and more people are becoming aware of the benefits of a healthy Mediterranean diet?
No longer are people thoughtlessly throwing items into their shopping trolley, they are beginning to wonder; where did this tomato come from, are these apricots grown organically, where are they from, are they fresh?
Tallis excursion to a typical, back to nature, family-run, traditional organic farm, situated in the agricultural region of the Peloponnese, gives you the chance to see and learn, first-hand, how the basic ingredients, fruit, vegetables, and herbs, of a healthy Mediterranean diet, are grown, and, how easy it is to make this not just a diet, but a lifestyle.
Depending on what fruits and vegetables are in season, our experienced farmer will take us to his fields to show and explain how his produce is grown to the best advantage.
He will tell us why organic fertilizers are better than chemicals, how to avoid kitchen waste by turning it into a rich compost, with which to feed fruit trees and vegetables, resulting in the juiciest of apricots, the most flavorful tomatoes, and, most important of all; the healthiest of produce.
What an experience it is, to return to the farmhouse from the orchards, with apricots, picked by yourself, still warm from the sun, and, following the farmer’s own traditional recipe, turn them into the most mouthwatering jam!
Gather fresh eggs for an omelet, pluck tomatoes, or a lettuce to create your own salad, sprinkled with fresh herbs, collected from the surrounding countryside.
Learn when certain herbs are in season, which ones enhance which dishes and how to dry and store them, to use all year round.
The unhealthiest thing we all use in our diet today is refined sugar. Why not replace it with petimezi, a sweetener used thousands of years ago in ancient Greece? The farmer will show us how this sweet syrup is made from pure, concentrated grape or pomegranate juice, without chemicals or preservatives, and how to substitute it for sugar in cakes, cookies and many other desserts.
Once you are home, remember the farmer’s tips and advice, yes, you can grow herbs in pots on your windowsill, you can create a small vegetable patch in your garden, why not even plant a fruit tree? And when you quietly sit and savor the fruits of your labors, remember glorious Greece and your day with
Tallis ; down on the farm.