Olive oil-crazy Cretans give Irish rapeseed oil the ‘thumbs up’

“I love this! It’s like eating smoked salmon,” was the verdict of Giota Tsounapi, chef at the Mediterranean Agronomics Institute of Chania (MAICh), as she tasted Irish rapeseed oil for the first time.

The occasion arose Irish chefs arrived in Crete to take apart the Cretan diet, alongside their Greek counterparts, so that the ethos could be transferred to Ireland and Irish produce. Olive oil is used in everything when it comes to Cretan cooking, but, of course, olives don’t grow in Ireland. The Irish partners brought Irish rapeseed oil, from Newgrange Gold in County Meath, as a possible alternative – and it certainly hit the mark.

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