Interview with Ms. Maniataki Tagonidi Eleni, Vice President of the Maniatakeion Foundation

For some years now, UNESCO has included the Mediterranean diet in its “intangible cultural heritage” list. The core elements of the diet have remained intact across time, mainly comprising olive oil, grains, fresh or dried fruit and vegetables, moderate amounts of fish, meat and dairy products, many condiments and spices, occasionally paired with wine, always with respect to each individual community. The Mediterranean diet, however, is more than just food. It promotes social relationships, as the meals, usually prepared with the participation of many people, comprise the cornerstone of many festive occasions and various customs and traditions. The Mediterranean diet is deeply rooted in respect towards biodiversity; prominence is also given to the role of women in the transmission of everything regarding this diet—theory and practice—from generation to generation. Koroni is one of the seven emblematic communities around the world that promote the preservation of traditions and reflect the Mediterranean lifestyle; it is there we chose to meet Ms. Eleni Maniataki, of the Maniatakeion Foundation, which has played a significant role in the recognition and promotion of the Mediterranean diet. 

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