National Baklava Day: The History of Baklava

Baklava is the most common dessert for many Greek families. Baklava was first reported in Constantinople when Greek merchants were made aware of it. The modern-day baklava, and the variety of ways that it is consumed, has gone through numerous changes. In celebration of National Baklava Day, we will dive into the influence that various cultures have had on baklava over the years. The Greeks’ most notable contribution to baklava was the creation of a dough technique as thin as a leaf. The typical method was a more rough and bread-like dough used in other regions. The name “Phyllo”, which is the name of the dough used for baklava, was coined by Greeks and means “leaf” in Greek, taken straight from the texture itself.


The dessert and delicacy were perfected during the Ottoman Empire after being brought from Constantinople. The kitchens throughout the Ottoman palace became a culinary hotspot for baklava recipes, serving up the greatest renditions of Baklava to the upper-class members of society. Baklava grew from a simple pastry into a dessert to please the dignitaries. Over time, it grew into a dessert that people would bake for special occasions and family gatherings. The times have changed so much that now you can go to your local bakery and stumble upon pre-packaged baklava. 


Baklava Influences From Around The World

It’s undeniable that baklava was impacted by the different migration patterns in the Middle East. The region has seen many of the world’s oldest civilizations come and go, with each of them modifying the baklava to match their personal and cultural preferences. More influences to the classic baklava recipe include the Armenian influence – when they integrated cinnamon and cloves into their baklava. 


More influences include the Arab civilizations introducing the rose-water and orange blossom water to baklava recipes. Cooks and chefs who worked in the Ottoman palaces contributed greatly to the refinement of pastry-making. Due to the popularity of baklava among cooks and pastry chefs, pastry desserts became more accessible to the middle and lower classes towards the end of the 19th century. 


Other Popular Greek Desserts

One of the most common desserts besides baklava is delicious and moist Greek donuts. This delicacy comes in a variety of different flavors. Try our classic, with honey, walnuts, and cinnamon, or our Bougatsa with custard creme, phyllo dough, and powdered. We also serve a custard filled with honey and pistachio, or our personal favorite Yaya’s, with oreo cookies and powdered sugar. Visit us today to learn more!

3 Reasons Why Greek Food Can’t Be Beat

3 Reasons Why Greek Food Can’t Be Beat

Greek culinary is known for its fresh ingredients, including seafood, vegetables, and delectable sweets. Not only is it full of fresh ingredients, but Greek food is also one of the healthiest Mediterranean foods. On top of that, Greek food has a wide variety of dishes, including plenty of vegetarian and vegan-friendly options. Keep reading below for more reasons why Greek food can’t be beaten. Download our app today to stay up-to-date with our GreCo community.


Health Benefits

The freshness of Greek food is tied to its health benefits – they take pride in their ingredients. To start off, the convenience of Greek’s location includes the plethora of native spices like oregano, basil, thyme, rosemary, and sage. If it’s grown in the country, you could assume that it’s healthier. Greece is also surrounded by four seas. That gives the country opportunities to gather fresh seafood off its coasts. Eating fresh, unfrozen, unprocessed foods will make your body feel even better, which is a great excuse to eat Greek. 


Vegetarian Options

There are a number of dishes made almost entirely of plant-based foods, one of the most popular trends that have taken the restaurant world by storm. For Greek communities, eating vegetarian isn’t hard. In addition to that, since seafood is a common ingredient in the Greek diet, pescatarians can find fresh dishes perfect for their diet. No matter your preference, Greece has an endless list of delicious and traditional meals that can satisfy your hunger while also connecting you with Greek roots. 



Known in Greek as “mezes”, appetizers are light refreshments that were historically served in the late afternoon. For Greek families, appetizers are one of the more popular courses. The US does have appetizers as well but it seems like they aren’t quite as common as those in Greece and Mediterranean neighborhoods. When you travel to your local Greek restaurant, make sure to indulge in the mezes, one of the most unique and popular courses for Mediterranean groups. 


Why YOU Should Try GreCo in Boston

If the 3 reasons above haven’t convinced you to visit GreCo in Boston, then visit our gallery to see for yourself. This incredibly unique dining experience will welcome you into our neighborhood. GreCo is the neighborhood we grew up in, the stories we heard while growing up, the people we loved. GreCo is a trip and we travel along with it. And on that trip, we carry our recipes and share all the smells and tastes of home. Visit us today!

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