Cretan cuisine is renowned both in Greece and internationally for its unique ingredients and flavours. Based on simple techniques, it's the variety of local produce that distinguishes the dishes. The seasons set the table and every product is thus harvested with maximum taste such as fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, local cheese varieties, all kinds of legumes, homemade pastries, wild herbs, herbs and good Cretan olive oil. As international interest grows in the nutritional habits of the people of the world, the benefits of the Cretan cuisine are increasingly evident. Throughout the ages Greek cuisine has maintained its frugality, relying mainly on local produce rather than import.