A vegetarian in Greece: You don't eat meat? Ok, you make lamb!

A vegetarian in Greece: You don't eat meat? Ok, you make lamb!

A vegetarian in Greece has really many dishes to choose from. Greece's access to fresh fruits and vegetables is something that is used everyday and at the tavern you can order goodies like wind olives with rice and herbs, cooked vegetables, grilled vegetables, stuffed vegetables, bean soup, lentil soup and more.

One of the first modern vegetarians came from ...

Greece! Yep, you're not really surprised, right? The first known vegetarian was Pythagoras, a Greek philosopher and mathematician who lived around 530 BC. The main reason that he refrained from eating or plaguing non-human beings was his belief in the immortality of the soul. Then it was called Pythagorian or Pythogoré. (source)

A vegetarian in Greece is in a food paradise

Greece is famous for its food and most people know that Greeks eat a lot of meat and fish even though their vegetables and fruits are amazing and taste heavenly. In most parts of Western Europe it is common for people to think or to become vegetarians, but in Greece it is not as common. Or at least not as common to call themselves for vegetarian.

But do not you fear a vegetarian! If you go on a Greek market (or λαικη / Laiki as they say in Greece), the range of fruits and vegetables is amazing and basically everything is ecologically grown and, in many cases, nestled. And as we said before: the range of meatless dishes is great also at small tavernas (try great Greek beans in tomato sauce, mums!).


The closer to the big cities you get, the more common is the conscious effort on vegetarian food culture and the concept "vegetarian" do not get people in Greece to raise their eyebrows anymore.

You don't eat no meat? Okay, you make lamb!

We ourselves love to eat meat but in Greece we have no trouble eating anything else and there is a reason that Elijira's family calls Elwira for the tomato-gown woman. There is also someone who hurries to the garden to pick up the cucumbers that are left in the garden before coming to visit!

Do you remember "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"? Well, we can add the story to reality if you are a vegetarian so the food supply is amazing in principle everywhere.

Was previously published Guide to the Peloponnese

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