How to Cook dishes from Cyprus
Cyprus is an island in the eastern Mediterranean. It is geographically part of Asia, as it to the South of Turkey, lies close to the Middle East, but has many cultural links with Europe, especially Greece.
The island's links with Greece include the facts that the majority of Cypriots are ethnically Greek, worship at Greek Orthodox churches, and speak the Greek language. It is therefore no surprise to find that many Cypriot dishes are similar to those of Greek cuisine, and the two countries share many culinary traditions. However, it would be incorrect to say that Cypriot and Greek cuisine and the same. Cyprus also has its own distinct culinary traditions, and there are many dishes which are unique to, or at least originated on, the island. It should also be remembered that Cyprus is home to a large Turkish community, and was part of the Ottoman Empire for even longer than Greece was. It is for these reasons that the influence of and thus Turkish cuisine can be seen in many Cypriot dishes. Additionally, given the geographical proximity of Cyprus to Middle East, it is unsurprising to also find some influences from Middle Eastern cuisine have been adopted as well.
Perhaps the most famous food product from Cyprus is halloumi, which is a type of cheese. The cheese is traditionally made from a mixture of sheep's milk and goat's milk, but when produced on a large industrial basis, cow's milk is often used as part of the recipe, or even as the main ingredient. Halloumi has a similar texture to mozzarella and has a salty taste.
Some popular Cypriot recipes and dishes include:
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