Greek flavors and aromas

Greek flavors and aromas to cook Greek in another way. Greek aromas have excellent virtues for health and well-being. Greeks use a lot of it in their kitchen

Flavours and aromas of Constantinople, lost homeland of Greece since 1453. Today in Istanbul, with the Greeks of the 20th district Farari,let’s get a taste of the cuisine of Constantinople. This article is inspired by the film“A Spicy Sky”(2003) which refers to the traditional dishes of the Greeks of Constantinople and the spices that indiscriminately embellish our dishes and our life.

  • Cinnamon (The Lady). It is used in desserts and dishes and gives flavour to drinks, coffees and ice cream. It is famous for its soothing qualities against stomach and bowel spasms. It is also known as an ancient aphrodisiac ingredient.
  • Pepper (the Dominant). There are various kinds of peppers (black, red, green, pink, brown). It gives a wonderful flavour to the dishes. It will open the appetite and make digestion easier.
  • Red pepper flakes(spicy). It belonged to the category of peppers  and consists of various pepper seeds. They were used in sauces, in the manufacture of deli meats and were added to the soup during the winter months for taste and warmth.
  • Cloves. They were used in syrup cakes, preparations based on red meat and in sauces for its sweetness.
  • Jamaican pepper (Intense). It gives a strong taste reminiscent of cloves and cinnamon. It goes well with cooked meat.
  • The putty (the Remede). It adds a special flavour to desserts and wines, raki, drinking water, dishes, toastand and bread in general. It has strong anti-inflammatory action. It is still used to cure inflammation swings of the oral cavity, stomach, gastric ulcers and duodenal and hemorrhoids. It relieves against any symptoms of indigestion.
  • Paprika (The All-Rounder). It comes from sweet red peppers. It has a fragrant and slightly bitter taste. It is used in meat (ground meat and chicken), for steamed fish and vegetables, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, rice and creams covering cooked dishes.



The Oregano (the great) Oregano seasonfish, meats including minced meat and vegetables. It allows us to fight asthma, dysmenorrhea and diarrhea. It is also used against rheumatism (essential oil). But it is also an aphrodisiac substance: The Greek women of Constantinople were used to throwing a handful of oregano in the bathroom because it increased the erotic mood.


Oregano and health are assured  . Oregano is good for your health. 


The Oregano, the word “Origan” comes from the ancient Greek “ganon” – “brightness” and ori – “on the mountain””. Oregano is also called vulgar oregano (cousin of the marjoram). Oregano is much less used in France than marjoram. Oregano is found in France (my mother’s stew) but especially in Mediterranean cuisine (Italian, Portuguese) but also Greek. In Greece, dried oregano is used in the kitchen. I like its  pleasant, powerful (when stained) and spicy smell. Oregano  has a king’s place in the class of Greek or Mediterranean aromas.


It is also very good for your health:  

  • It helps digestion and decreases gases
  • It opens the airways in case of bronchitis and colds (in infusion). He fights coughing,
  • It is an antiseptic and an antibacterial: oregano relieves in cases of insect bites and all skin irritations (sores, contracted muscles)
  • it is an invigorating product: oregano helps in case of fatigue (essential oil)
  • It is an antispasmodic: it is used in painful periods and spasms
  • It’s a powerful antioxidant.

The oregano with what in the kitchen?  Oregano is a herb that the Greeks use a lot. Oregano is used dried in cooking: On grilled meat, meat-baked potato dishes, in the lemon oil with grilled fish, on the HORIATIKI
. I also use it on bread: slices of toast drizzled with olive oil and oregano (pictured below).


Or find oregano? Thisherb is quite  easily found everywhere in the wild. You just  have to finda light, warm and well-ventilated  and sunny soil.