This is a food that sustained civilizations in the Fertile Crescent area for many generations. Most of the ingredients were obtained locally and grown organically though they travelled as far as China for some spices. To feed a traveler or a guest was a cultural attribute that was highly prized and maintained. No wonder they took great care and pride in making their food very delicious and very nutritious. Today’s nutritional experts and physicians generally agree that the Mediterranean diet is the healthiest way to eat.