Food & wine

Sardinians love their food and wine. Mostly, they love the old flavours and aromas that come from ancient recipes and traditions.
Food is seen as just one of the many cultural aspects of the Sardinian living. There are so many dishes that have ancestral origin and hold strong cultural elements in them. “Cultural dishes” as someone described many of the wonderful Sardinian recipes.
According to researchers, the local food combined with genetic factors, is the main player in making a specific area of Sardinia one of the 5 “Blue Zones” of the world. In each of those areas the local population are the longest-living people in the globe.
So, what is that makes the food so special in Sardinia? Surely the shepherd’s traditions helped to preserve antique recipes. The carasau bread is one typical example of this. This is typical flat bread made of high-protein and low-gluten which can last for many days, exactly what shepherds needed when away with their animals.
It can be said that Sardinian recipes in many cases are the combination of the many different Mediterranean cultures that have left their mark on the Island for the last 4000 years at least.
Let’s also remember the endless list of fish and sea food dishes. Those are clearly more frequent in villages and towns near the coastlines.
In Sardinia food always goes with a couple of glasses of local wines. Also in this case tradition and modernity are mixed together to give life to some beautiful endemic wines. The red Cannonau is a typical example. It seems to be also connected to longevity for its particular high presence of antioxidants – namely resveratrol- and other health-boosting polyphenols.
Of course wines cannot be dissociated from history. The lovely Nuragus is a grape of historical connotation and takes its name from the Nuraghe, the ancient stone towers that are spread all around the island.
Many are the Sardinian grapes which are now quite popular in many countries around the globe. The white Vermentino is certainly among them together with the red Carignano.
Very often the Sardinians eat al fresco and enjoy the pleasure of their food in exquisite natural environments. That’s why eating on a table made with stone or wood in the open air is something special to the Sardinian people.