Eating habits of the people of Cyprus through the ages Presentation by The Pupils of Olympion Private High School Cyprus
The island of Cyprus <ul><li>The geographical position of Cyprus, the climate   and the fact that many civilizations have ...
<ul><li>Since Homer’s time , there has been evidence of family life in Cyprus . At Choirokitia settlement which dates back...
<ul><li>During the Mycenean Period , there is evidence of breeding various animals such as horses, sheep, goats, pigeons e...
Meats and Starches <ul><li>It was only at the time of the British occupation of the island that the Cypriots started to cu...
<ul><li>However, in the recent years, the Mediterranean diet is in fashion. Much fruit and vegetables are consumed along w...
Healthy eating <ul><li>The Mediterranean diet should be an everyday habit of the people of the island. The weather is warm...
<ul><li>Chickpeas with beetroots and garlic </li></ul><ul><li>Olives with cheese </li></ul><ul><li>Rocket with grated chee...
The End <ul><li>Don’t forget to “eat right !!!” </li></ul>
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Eating Habits Of The People Of Cyprus Through Time

  1. 1. Eating habits of the people of Cyprus through the ages Presentation by The Pupils of Olympion Private High School Cyprus
  2. 2. The island of Cyprus <ul><li>The geographical position of Cyprus, the climate and the fact that many civilizations have left their footprints on the island have affected the eating habits of the people in many ways. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Since Homer’s time , there has been evidence of family life in Cyprus . At Choirokitia settlement which dates back to 8000 BC , millstones for grounding wheat and other cereals were found something which reveals the fact that cereals were cultivated and used for food with a combination of vegetables and fish . </li></ul><ul><li>Moreover, some woven materials, made of sheep wool, testify that lamb meat was used for food, too . </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>During the Mycenean Period , there is evidence of breeding various animals such as horses, sheep, goats, pigeons etc . </li></ul><ul><li>On mosaics as well as on coins , some pictures of partridges, pheasants, mufflons and many other game show that many species were hunted. </li></ul><ul><li>During the Classical Times, there is evidence showing that various kinds of nuts such as almonds were consumed widely. In a shipwreck near Kyrenia in the northern part of the island, almond jars had been discovered by archeologists. </li></ul><ul><li>Cypriots have always been fond of nuts as well as honey and olives because they could have been carried and stored easily. Olive oil has changed the diet of Cypriots a lot since the ancient times. </li></ul><ul><li>During the Middle ages , Cyprus was occupied by the Venetians and the Lusignians who also brought their own eating habits to the islands such as the various kinds of pies and pastas. </li></ul><ul><li>The Ottomans brought their own dishes such as moussaka, tzatziki, loukoumi and many more. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Meats and Starches <ul><li>It was only at the time of the British occupation of the island that the Cypriots started to cultivate and use potatoes in their diet. </li></ul><ul><li>Being only a very recently urbanized country, Cypriots, traditionally ,ate fresh meat once a week, on Sundays. This was usually boiled chicken, served with a starches such as pasta or bulgur which were cooked in liquor. This would stretch the meat to go round the family. Other fresh meat dishes were only enjoyed very occasionally, sometimes en mass at a feast such as a wedding. </li></ul><ul><li>Nowadays, people are better off and meat is more available thus, traditional meat dishes are enjoyed frequently . </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>However, in the recent years, the Mediterranean diet is in fashion. Much fruit and vegetables are consumed along with wheat and other cereals. Olive oil is in everyday use and wine has become again fashionable even though its consumption has been affected a lot by the various drinks and refreshments imported from abroad. </li></ul>Mediterranean
  7. 7. Healthy eating <ul><li>The Mediterranean diet should be an everyday habit of the people of the island. The weather is warm most of the time and the consumption of meat and fatty food affects health a lot. Many people suffer from diseases such as diabetes and heart attacks and this is due to nutrition habits. Especially in the summertime, people should be encouraged to follow the Mediterranean diet as this habit will help them cope with the weather conditions better . </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Chickpeas with beetroots and garlic </li></ul><ul><li>Olives with cheese </li></ul><ul><li>Rocket with grated cheese, olive oil and vinegar </li></ul><ul><li>Stuffed slices of pork with dry plums, figs , dates and almonds </li></ul><ul><li>Dry figs with nuts and honey </li></ul><ul><li>Slices of apple and pomegranate, with yogurt and honey . </li></ul>Some dishes from the past
  9. 9. The End <ul><li>Don’t forget to “eat right !!!” </li></ul>

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