Exploring the Delights of Sardinian Cuisine and Longevity: A Taste of the Blue Zone
“To live a hundred years!”
“A chent’annos” which is an Italian wish for a long life and means , “I wish you to live for a hundred years!” Many Sardinians live past 100 years, making it one of the 5 Blue Zones in the world. Sardinia, a captivating Italian island nestled in the Mediterranean Sea, is known for its stunning landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and remarkable longevity among its residents. Sardinian cuisine is based on the simplicity of the local tradition and the freshest Sardinian ingredients from fresh vegetables to the tastiest of fruit. Sardinia is second in the world in terms of the average life of its inhabitants with 22 over 100 years old/ per 100,000 inhabitants, just second after Okinawa in Japan.
Around the hotel Villasimius. With the goats and donkeys
The cuisine is based upon a plant- based diet accented with meat. The classic Sardinian diet consists of whole-grain bread, beans, garden vegetables, fruits and in some parts of the island, mastic oil ( an oil from a tree related to the pistachio tree, which has antibacterial properties). Sardinians eat pecorino cheese made from grass-fed sheep, whose cheese is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Goat’s milk is the dairy of choice and meat is largely reserved for Sundays and special occasions.
Cannonau wine is the wine which Sardinians drink moderately and has 2-3 times the level of flavonoids, artery scrubbing ingredients, as other wines. Men will meet at 5 pm happy hour for social interaction and enjoyment of the amazingly tasty and healthy red wine made from the Cannonau grape found in Sardinia. Healthy and happy hour?
Here are a few pics from a traditional Sardinian festival/ dinner which I attended on May 9, 2023.
Fresh seafood display
Pasta malloreddus - malloreddus pasta with sausage ragout and saffron.
Chef making the malloreddus pasta with sausage ragout and saffron.
As well as kulugiones and trofie pasta with potatoes and tomato sauce.
And one of my ultimate favorites - prosciutto and melon.
Then for dessert, crème brûlée! To die (and live!) for!!
Hoping you are all loving the tastes and culture of Sardinia as much as I am.
- In health and happiness
To get even more info about how to live our best life, join me on Thursday, May 25 for my Masterclass at 5 pm PST! RSVP HERE!