Enjoy a Mediterranean Diet in Puglia
For centuries, people have been living and thriving off of Mediterranean diets. Healthy and delicious, it’s not hard to see why everyone loves them so much, regardless of where they live. Whether you enjoy this type of cuisine yourself at home or not, you’re certain to enjoy going to a location that offers traditional Mediterranean dishes. This is especially true for Italian getaways – and if you’re thinking of visiting Puglia next year, you’re likely to want to get a taste of the region’s unique flavors.
If you’re interested in trying some delicious and healthy cultural foods, you may want to come on one of our Puglian tours. Our team here at Travel Puglia is dedicated to providing our guests with the best Italy tours, so you can rest assured that we’ll take care of every facet of your Puglian adventure. Whether you’re looking for the best hiking Puglia Italy has to offer (and trust us, Puglia hiking is an experience you won’t want to pass up) or a chance to eat a wide variety of Italian foods, we’re here to help.
What makes a Mediterranean diet so great?
In many ways, the key reason why this diet is one of the best in the world is because of the higher amounts of fruit and vegetables consumed, and their corresponding carbohydrates, phytochemicals, and antioxidants. The main source of fat comes from olive oil, which makes meals rich in fiber. Meat isn’t as commonly consumed, but dishes offer plenty of protein from beans, fish, and poultry. All of this is ideal for all-round health. Other positive factors that come into play when eating Mediterranean is that meals are typically eaten slowly and enjoyed with others, and that daily exercise is part of the norm.
We’re certain that you’ll get to enjoy this and so much more if you choose to come on one of our tours of Puglia.
The history of Puglia’s Mediterranean diet
While many people around the globe partake in these types of meals nowadays, this diet was once far more common among the lower-class citizens of Mediterranean locations. Despite being a “poorer” way of eating centuries ago, it’s now much better than the modern habits that we’ve adopted in recent years.
Puglia is still very much a cultural location, where it’s far more common to find these types of traditional meals than processed foods. This is perfect for getting away from the modern world and immersing yourself in the Puglian lifestyle, and the native dishes are just one of many amazing ways to do this.
Meals you should try during your vacations in Puglia
Whether you’re interested in visiting Ostuni or Lecce, Manduria or Polignano a Mare, you’re going to find that there are plenty of opportunities to try a tasty traditional meal or snack – but which foods should you eat during your stay? Here are just a few of our suggestions to give you an idea:
- Bombette – A specialty of Puglia’s (found mostly in Valle D’Itria), Bombette are little meat rolls filled with melted cheese. They are a must-try for anyone staying in the region
- Orecchiette – You simply cannot miss trying orecchiette, as it’s one of the most well known dishes in Puglia. This homemade pasta is generally served alone with fresh tomatoes, ricotta cheese, garlic, and turnip tops
- Panzerotti – A popular meal for lunch, Panzerotti are deep fried pizza dough pockets, typically filled with mozzarella, ham, and tomatoes
- Taralli – These small, circular crackers come in both savory (made with olive oil and black pepper or poppy seeds) and sweet (with sugar and white wine), making them a perfect snack food
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