FOOD ITINERARIES: Blue Zones

GLOBAL EATING SECRETS

  • Okinawa, Japan
  • Sweet potatoes, brown rice, tofu, bitter melons, shiitake mushrooms, seaweed, garlic, turmeric and green tea

  • Ogliastra Region, Sardinia, Italy
  • Barley, sourdough bread, fava beans and chickpeas, tomatoes, fennel, milk thistle (a plant with green leaves and purple flowers believed to promote liver health), almonds, goat and sheep milk, and “cannonau” wine (a red, similar to grenache or “garnacha”)

  • Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica
  • Cornmeal, yams, black beans, squashes, papayas, bananas and “pejibaye” (peach palm fruit, with fibrous, vitamin-C-rich flesh, reminiscent of sweet potato when cooked)

  • Nordic/Scandinavian
  • Vegetables (raw or lightly pickled), berries, whole-grain rye bread, seeds and grains, eggs, fatty fish, and dairy


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