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The Mediterranean Diet


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The Mediterranean diet constitutes a set of skills, knowledge, practices and traditions ranging from the landscape to the table, including the crops, harvesting, fishing, conservation, processing, preparation and, particularly, consumption of food. The Mediterranean diet is characterized by a nutritional model that has remained constant over time and space, consisting mainly of olive oil, cereals, fresh or dried fruit and vegetables, a moderate amount of fish, dairy and meat, and many condiments and spices, all accompanied by wine or infusions, always respecting beliefs of each community. However, the Mediterranean diet (from the Greek diaita, or way of life) encompasses more than just food. It promotes social interaction, since communal meals are the cornerstone of social customs and festive events. It has given rise to a considerable body of knowledge, songs, maxims, tales and legends. The system is rooted in respect for the territory and biodiversity, and ensures the conservation and development of traditional activities and crafts linked to fishing and farming in the Mediterranean communities which Soria in Spain, Koroni in Greece, Cilento in Italy and Chefchaouen in Morocco are examples. Women play a particularly vital role in the transmission of expertise, as well as knowledge of rituals, traditional gestures and celebrations, and the safeguarding of techniques.


on this subject: Nomination file/ Dossier de candidature (culture.unesco.org)


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Place/region: Mediterranean region, Spain, Greece, Italy, Morocco, Africa, Europe
Series: 2010 Inscriptions on the Representative List
Type: Documentary
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Director: Marta Martinez, Alex Tena
Publisher: Fundacion Dieta Mediterranea
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Rights: Fundacion Dieta Mediterranea
 

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Original: DVD
Location: EV only
UMAS reference: AVFONDS-CLTITH-2010-0039400021
Source ref.: DOC:0039400021 - CAND:00394
Rights holder: UNESCO ; Fundacion Dieta Mediterranea
Addicional info: Also part of this item: CLTITH-2010-0039400007