Sunday, 31 May 2009


Foodies. Apparently, they love food. But do they really know what they're eating, and where their food comes from in the first place? How many foodies can score full marks on this quiz?

1. Here's a really easy one: what colour are these little green blobs going to be in October?
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2. This isn't so easy: what are those fresh green pods (and old brown ones) hanging on the branches?

3. These green apple-shaped balls look good enough to eat now, but they won't be ripe enough until late August.
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4. If you cut and dry these now, they'll make a mild relaxing tea in the winter.

5. What colour are these spiky balls going to be in late September?
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6. What wild leafy greens grow from the seeds of the plant that gives this bright yellow flower?

7. These beautiful pink flowers bring out one of the sexiest fruits imaginable. What are they?
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8. No, it's not a walking stick. It's edible, but you know it in a much shorter form.

9. What are these white blossoms going to be when they grow up?
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10. What are these furry worms going to turn into when they get older?

11. What can be made from these tiny green blobs?
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12. These little buds will grow into a very large crop. What is it?

Leave a comment on this post with the numbered answers and you may win this book,
which is filled with similar recipes that I have already written about. Now you won't have to drag the laptop in the kitchen or print out the recipe when you want to cook Cretan food.

This competition will run for a week. The winner will be announced some time in the following week, where I will also give the answers. If you want to take part, please make sure I can track you down (ie don't leave an anonymous comment). The winner will be picked randomly, even if they don't know all the answers; hey, neither did I until I came to live here!

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  1. I couldn't answer any of those questions, but loved the great photos! Aren't islands wonderful places to live? (and EAT! ;-)
    Aloha from your Hawaiian friend

  2. This is a great quiz Maria! Good onya!
    I'm amazed--all of the same grows right here in and around my village too. And therefore I will not spill the beans before your other farther-afield readers have a chance.
    Nice book!

  3. 1. Black olives
    2. Carob pods
    3. Figs (yum yum)
    4. Chamomile
    5. Prickly pears (according to hubby)
    6. Looks like canola, so I'll say broccoli
    7. Are pomegranates sexy? If not, I'll go with passion fruit (you never know what grows in Crete...)
    8. Wild asparagus
    9. Oranges
    10. Could it be mulberries?
    11. Wine (they look vaguely like tiny grapes)
    12. Pistachios (but I had to phone a friend)

  4. Greetings from NYC!
    I'll take a stab at this for the fun of it...
    1. black (olives)
    2. no clue (eucalyptus??)
    3. figs
    4. chamomile
    5. bright pink
    6. xorta?? (dandilion leaves??)
    7. well I think figs are the sexiest, but I'm going to guess kidoni (quince?)
    8. vanilla bean
    9. lemons or limes
    10. surely not something edible, right?
    11. something alcoholic - wine or raki?
    12. absolutely no clue!

    Love your blog,

  5. l think that 7 might be okra

  6. I have no idea, but will be back again to read the answers and then do my own research

  7. Hello from Canada. I recently visited Crete and when I got home I needed a recipe for boureki, which I found on your site. Delicious.

    I'm just taking a stab here...

    1. Black
    2. Carob
    3. Figs
    4. Camomile
    5. Pink
    6. Mustard Greens
    7. Passion Fruit
    8. Asparagus
    9. Oranges clue
    11. capers
    12. no idea but they look like bay leaves

  8. OK. I did not look at others.
    1. Olives
    2. Don't know
    4. Chamomile
    5. red
    6. mustard
    7.passion fruit (lilikoi)
    8. don't know
    10. moth
    12. don't know

    OK-- now I will look!

  9. 1.Darker olive green and eventualy Black
    5.Redish Fragosika
    8.Vanila Bean
    10.Blackberries (Moura)
    11.Don't Know
    12.Don't Know

  10. I must admit that after the olive I gave up and crawled away in shame...