Buying Mediterranean wholesale foods can be a daunting experience if you don’t know what to look for. You should have the necessary resources and the right suppliers to buy the right food in the right quantities. This list provides you with a few things to keep in mind when buying Mediterranean foods.
Extra virgin olive oil
This should be the first item on your list when shopping for Mediterranean food. It is fondly called EVOO by a lot of chefs. It is the basis of Greek cooking. The Greeks love it and when they think someone has gone off their rocker, they say he or she is losing oil. Greece was the main focus of the early 50s research into the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet. Nowadays, studies show that adhering to the Mediterranean way of eating can help you fight off heart disease, high cholesterol, and dementia, whilst losing weight. This could be due to the health benefits of olive oil. Studies have shown that people who follow the Mediterranean diet and supplement with extra virgin olive oil for 5 years have a 30% lower risk of stroke or heart attack.
Greek yogurt and feta
This is another mainstay of a Mediterranean kitchen – creamy Greek yogurt that is rich in nutrients. If you have not tried it yet then it is important to try it out by getting your wholesale food supplies. You will want to purchase it plain and this eliminates extra sugars. It also gives you a platform for sweet fruits, grains and crunchy nuts.
Greeks are proud of different varieties of golden honey and they enjoy a drizzle on their fresh fruit and yogurt. Whilst you are in the daily aisle, choose some large whole chunks of feta. There is no skimpy sprinkle of feta on Greek salads on the islands. Instead of ripe tomatoes and chunks of cucumber, joined with sliced red onion, are topped up with a slab of feta before it is closed with vinegar and olive oil.
Veggies and fruits
You should also buy some fruits and veggies. Fill your fridge with different colours of veggies and fruits. The more varieties you find, the better. Eating the rainbow will ensure you get a variety of vitamins, antioxidants and minerals.
Veggies are the basis of most Mediterranean foods, so you need to stock up on some potatoes, eggplants, cucumbers, onions, carrots, beets, artichokes, broccoli, bell peppers, mushrooms, green beans, zucchini and squash. Don’t forget olives!
Add white, red and yellow onions, garlic, spring onions, leeks and shallots to your list, along with some fresh herbs. You should also add bay leaves, basil, chives, cilantro, mind, oregano, parsley, rosemary, fennel, dill, savoury, thyme and tarragon. These add a beautiful garnish and flavour that makes the dish pop.
When buying Mediterranean wholesale foods, do not forget about leafy dark greens such as spinach, kale, mustard greens and other side dishes. You will also need fresh tomatoes. Processed sweets aren’t traditional foods in the Mediterranean so you will use berries and fruits to sweeten your yogurt and breakfast cereals.