Mediterranean diet wins UNESCO seal of approval

The Mediterranean Diet was classified intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO on Wednesday in Baku, Azerbaijan, the Mayor of Tavira, in Portugal’s Algarve region, told Lusa News Agency.

The decision was taken at the 8th session of the Intergovernmental Committee to Safeguard UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage, where there is a Portuguese delegation, led by Tavira town council, which submitted the transnational application in conjunction with Cyprus, Croatia, Greece, Spain, Italy and Morocco.

After Fado music was classified two years ago, Portugal is once again back on the list of Intangible and Cultural Heritage with the Mediterranean Diet and this is the first time that the Algarve region has seen its heritage recognised by UNESCO.

The Mediterranean Diet is a life style passed down from generation to generation, that includes productive practice, namely agriculture and fishing, ways of preparing, cooking and eating, festivities, oral traditions and artistic expressions.

The diet itself is poor in red meat and meat in general and rich in vegetables, pulses, some fish and dried fruits, olive oil and just a splash of red wine.

Note: taken from The Portugal News

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