Tidbits about Albania

1. Businesses shut down around noon for a few hours to enjoy the main meal of the day.

I could get behind this. Really, I could.

2. Dessert is not common, but oranges, apples, nuts, and berries are.

The question is not if, but how my husband would murder me if I removed sweets from our home.

3. Men and women traditionally eat at separate tables.

I was always a fan of the children’s table, but not so much this.  Afterall, I have opinions and they need to be heard by as many people as possible!

4. Albanians eat dinner around 8pm.

I’m already in my pyjamas at 8pm. This would never work in our home.

5. Heart disease and obesity are rare due to low consumption of meat and high consumption of vegetables.

Yum, vegetables! Eat more vegetables!

6. Heart disease and obesity are due to low consumption of meat and high consumption of vegetables.

Repeated for my husband’s benefit.

Source: Albania, Enchantment of the World, by David K. Wright

Lifestyle influences diet:

Historically, rural Albanians spent most of their time outdoors and took shelter only when the weather forced them to. As a result, the staples of their diet are simple foods that they can easily prepare in the open – cornbread, vegetables, and cheese. Although Albanians raise livestock, meat is a luxury reserved for festive occasions.

Source: Albania, by Aaron E. Lear

Q: What world-famous woman was from Albania? She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.

A: Find out tomorrow!


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