Known in Greece as yiaourti, Greek yogurt is traditionally made in clay pots from sheep or goat milk. Yogurt has been around for hundreds, if not thousands of years. Its unique thick and creamy texture is created by the centuries-old technique of straining or boiling away excess liquid (whey) using no thickeners or preservatives. Making Greek yogurt is 100% natural. This process removes some of the lactose making it lower in sugar (carbohydrates) and with more protein. A six-ounce serving of Greek yogurt provides the same amount of protein as a six-ounce serving of lean meat.
This miraculous food, virtually unknown outside Greece 30 years ago, has made a comeback thanks to the ever-growing popularity of the healthy Mediterranean diet and Greek cuisine, which incorporate Greek yogurt into many of its dishes. Greek yogurt can be found in supermarkets and grocery stores everywhere, taking over the yogurt world and is one of Greece’s most successful exports, the most well-known brand being Fage.
Greek yogurt is packed with probiotics and microorganisms to keep the digestive system healthy: vitamin B12 for super brain function, high calcium and vitamin D levels for strong bones and teeth, lots of potassium to balance out sodium (salt), full of iodine for proper thyroid function, and, rich in amino acids making up the high protein content. The ultimate super food.
Greek yogurt with its delicious sharp tangy sour flavor is the ideal healthy substitute for the more fattening and unhealthy cream, butter, cream cheese, and mayonnaise.
Greek yogurt adds body and creaminess to a variety of dishes. Because it is strained, it is less likely to curdle and separate at high temperatures. Yogurt is a favorite for Greek breakfasts and snacks topped with natural golden honey or smothered with mouthwatering Greek spoon sweets, such as black cherries or grapes, swimming in delectable sweet syrup. Its most famous use is for the base of tzatziki – Greek yogurt, cucumber, and garlic dip. Simply irresistible.
If you happen to catch a touch of sunburn while touring around beautiful Greece, yogurt is well known for soothing and nourishing sunburnt skin.