The Greek cuisine offers an incredibly rich and diverse array of foods and beverages that are the culmination of literally thousands of years of living, cooking, and eating. While each Greek meal is fresh and inviting, it is also a trip back through Greece’s history. The main ingredient you will probably find in just about every Greek dish is olive oil, the energy ingredient that fueled a splendid civilization in ancient times until today. The main components of the Greek cuisine are olive oil, bread, grains, dairy products, vegetables, legumes, honey and fish, as well as meats like goat, lamb, and pork. Many herbs and spices are used in Greek food, in moderation so as not to take away from the taste of the vegetables and meats. The most widely used herbs and spices are oregano, mint, garlic, dill, parsley, bay leaf, basil, thyme, cinnamon, clove, rosemary, nutmeg, and saffron from Kozani.