The Mediterranean Diet – Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

The Mediterranean diet

Did you know that the Mediterranean Diet is on the Representative List of the ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’ since 2013?

I’ve just found out and… got moved!

The Mediterranean diet involves a set of skills, knowledge, rituals, symbols and traditions concerning crops, harvesting, fishing, animal husbandry, conservation, processing, cooking, and particularly the sharing and consumption of food.
Eating together is the foundation of the cultural identity and continuity of communities throughout the Mediterranean basin.
It is a moment of social exchange and communication, an affirmation and renewal of family, group or community identity.
The Mediterranean diet emphasizes values of hospitality, neighbourliness, intercultural dialogue and creativity, and a way of life guided by respect for diversity.
It plays a vital role in cultural spaces, festivals and celebrations, bringing together people of all ages, conditions and social classes. It includes the craftsmanship and production of traditional receptacles for the transport, preservation and consumption of food, including ceramic plates and glasses.
Women play an important role in transmitting knowledge of the Mediterranean diet: they safeguard its techniques, respect seasonal rhythms and festive events, and transmit the values of the element to new generations. Markets also play a key role as spaces for cultivating and transmitting the Mediterranean diet during the daily practice of exchange, agreement and mutual respect.


  1. Love this human look at the Mediterranean diet Simona– Food surely is best if shared with family and friends. It would be fun to see a list of foods that represent the Mediterranean diet in your part of Italy!! Hope this finds you well and enjoying good meals with tables full of dear people… Great post Simona! Always love checkin in our your blog! xox

  2. The sharing of food made with love lowers my blood pressure and makes me happy to be in Southern Italy where processed food is forbidden on any table. Thanks again for blogging.

    • Hi Midge! You’re absolutely right! Cooking for family or friends – or simply cooking with love for anyone – has such a good impact on our health and mind. Grazie a te for leaving your comment. Buon fine settimana!

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