What kinds of foods did the Greeks from the ancient times eat? Do they also enjoy the same delicacies that modern Greeks love?
Trying to imagine the life of ancient Greeks is truly something that most you have probably done. Well, no one can blame. After all those stories of feats and success, being curious about the Greek civilization is almost a norm.
As far as Greeks are concerned, there is one word that will surely make their face light up with a bright smile right away – pasteli. Pasteli is a healthy chewy snack that stood the test of time when it comes to satisfying and pleasing the taste buds of Greek adults and children for many centuries.
According to Sam Sotiropoulo, there are two primary ingredients used for preparing pasteli –honey and sesame weeds. Other pasteli versions also include different nuts like almonds, pistachios, and walnuts.
For the longest time, sesame is a staple ingredient found in Greek pantry. In fact, sesame was even mentioned in the Linear B tablets discovered in Mycenae that dates back to 14th century.
The combination of sesame seeds and honey to create wafers with chewy and wholesome goodness is among the food concoctions in Greece that has been popular for ages. The confection was called itrion during the Archaic age and Hellenistic and Classical periods. In fact, this kind of flat cake was a very famous delicacy among ancient Greeks that it even has its own special class of peddler called itriopoleis or itrion-sellers.
What makes pasteli even better is that it is very easy to make, not to mention that you can keep it for a long period of time.
Melanie Cooks shares an easy recipe on how to prepare your own pasteli or Sesame Honey Bars to let you get a taste of this very nutritious snack.
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