Mediterranean Flavors

February 18, 2014
Flavor Ingredients
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Elisabeth Rozin, in her three-volume series  Ethnic Cuisine: The Flavor-Principle Cookbook, describes the signature flavor profiles of several different Mediterranean countries as such:

  • Southern France and Southern Italy: garlic, olive oil, parsley and/or anchovy, tomato

  • Spain: olive oil, garlic, nut, onion, pepper, and tomato

  • Morocco: cumin, coriander, cinnamon, ginger, onion, tomato, and fruit

  • Greece: tomato and cinnamon


With ethnic cuisine and regional flavors so popular with consumers, let’s use this framework to take a look at Mediterranean-inspired products, recipes and internet chatter.

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