Mediterranean cuisine is characterized by its flexibility, its range of ingredients and its many regional variations. The terrain has tended to favour the raising of goats and sheep.
Fish dishes are also common, although today much of the fish is imported since the fisheries of
the Mediterranean Sea are weak. Seafood is still prominent in many of the standard recipes.
Olive oil, produced from the olive trees prominent throughout Greece, Turkey, Italy, Portugal and other Mediterranean nations, adds to the distinctive taste of the food.
It is believed that ingredients in this kind of cooking, especially olive oil, are a majorcontributor to the longevity of the Mediterranean people. Barbecue or grilled meats, pita bread, hummus, and falafel are very popular forms of the eastern type of the cuisine.
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