Mediterranean Foods

Based on the descriptions, name these popular foods (and beverages) from the Mediterranean and Middle East.
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Last updated: May 26, 2014
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Deep-fried chickpea ball
Flatbread that sometimes has pockets
Dairy product with bacteria cultures
Sauce made from the above,
plus cucumbers
"Delightful" gel-like confection
Turkish Delight
Type of cheese used in Greek salad
Dip made from chickpeas and tahini
Sweet, pitted fruit of palm trees
These leaves are often stuffed
and served as an appetizer
Grape Leaves
Dish made of bulgar, parsley,
tomatoes, mint, and onion
Anise-flavored spirit of Greece
White wine made with pine resin
Popular oil
Olive Oil
Spit-roasted meat
Doner Kebab /
Gyro / Shawarma
Filo pastry filled with spinach
Eggplant-based dip
Baba Ganoush
Abundant freshwater fish
also called "St. Peter's Fish"
Semolina dish of North Africa
Dessert with layers of filo,
nuts, and honey
Level 46
May 29, 2014
I thought a gyro was the sandwich made from that meat. I don't know where I got it in my head that the meat was souvlaki....
Level 73
Jun 7, 2014
I'm pretty sure you're correct especially when I looked it up on the internet. Different types of meat can be used to make a gyro, but meat is just one part.
Level 76
Feb 18, 2019
I guess gyro and souvlaki can be used to mean different things, especially outside Greece, although there are differences within Greece as well (Being from Thessaloniki, I never quite figured out how Athenians place an order in a gyro shop!). However, I think the general understanding is that at least the meat itself is called gyros.
Level 78
Jun 7, 2014
Tried baba ganouj, baba ghanoush, couldn't get it. Need more leniency in the spelling.
Level 50
Jun 7, 2014
Oh, my, how could you say that yoghurt is Mediterranean/Middle Eastern? Perhaps you have not heard of lactobacillus bulgaricus. Here is a link:

And do try my Bulgarian cuisine quiz.

I demand you change the description.

Level 72
Jun 7, 2014
OMG, another Bulgarian on this site! I can't believe that! :D And although I completely agree with you, unfortunately for the bigger part of the world the yoghurt and the white cheese (not feta) are Greek. :/
Level 67
Jun 7, 2014
Yogurt itself is a Turkish word. Which culture (no pun intended) discovered how to make it is unknown, but a good bet would be the Turkic peoples who brought yogurt with them to Anatolia. While the scientific name for the culture refers to Bulgaria, that is because a Bulgarian scientist identified it. No reason not to take pride in that, but that does not change the fact that yogurt is a part of Mediterranean and Near Eastern cuisine. It may also be part of Bulgarian cuisine; the two are not mutually exclusive.
Level 27
Jun 10, 2014
If you are a PAOK fan i accept the coment, otherwise please let us know some famous brands of bulgarian yogurt and feta. Thanks
Level 76
Jul 9, 2023
Maybe it's a Mediterranean food because people who live there use it a lot in their traditional food
Level 37
Jun 7, 2014
All I can think of when I hear baba ganoush is how every episode of "MXC" seemed to have a contestant with that name.
Level 24
Jun 7, 2014
Too Eastern Mediterranean oriented, where are the Spanish or Italian dishes?
Level 77
Jun 8, 2014
Bulgur is a more common spelling for the wheat product.
Level 71
Nov 5, 2018
Yeah, I'd hope the dish doesn't contain any Bulgars.
Level 48
Jun 12, 2014
I hate hummus.
Level 76
Jul 27, 2014
Please accept Vine Leaves
Level 26
Nov 5, 2014
Level 73
Aug 19, 2014
Tabbouli, tabbouli, tabbouli! (The food that's hard to get)

Tabbouli, tabbouli, tabbouli! (But we will eat it yet)

Level 74
Jan 18, 2016
Macedonian feta is delicious as well. Very similar to the type eaten in Iran. Less salty and more moist than Greek feta (I haven't tried Bulgarian feta...).
Level 79
Jul 9, 2016
I too have never heard of a grape leaf but have often eaten one or more stuffed vine leaves.
Level 67
Mar 27, 2017
Got 14. Totally drew a blank on baklava. For grape leaves I tried(as did a few people it seems) vine leaves. And feta I spelled with two t's, but obviously I'm the only one who thought this.
Level 82
Mar 20, 2018
Just going to add to others saying vine leaves (and possibly dolmades) should be accepted for the leaf clue. Certainly I've never heard the term grape leaf, but often heard vine leaf.
Level 84
May 31, 2019
Got stuck on borek for spanakopita. Pretty similar.
Level 28
Mar 1, 2020
Who has made this Quiz? It should be named Greek food as most of the questions are Greek food or from the Ottoman countries, it comes from Greece rather than the Mediterranean. I should remind that Spain, France, Italy, all the Balkan countries, Turkey and North Africa are as well as Mediterranean countries. I can't believe that Spain and France are both head countries in cusine with many star Michelin cooks and there are no questions about it. What about Italian food? There is hardly any country where there isn't an Italian restaurant. And finally, "tilapia"?? Since when is that Mediterranean? I have never ever heard that it is consumed in the Mediterranean zone. First of all, because it's not native to the Mediterranean.
Level 51
Apr 4, 2020
Other suggestions: Aioli and Pilaf/Pilau.
Level 73
Oct 4, 2020
Would it be ok to accept Melitzanosalata for the eggplant dip as well? It's nearly the same dish as the one you put as an answer, except it's Greek.
Level 83
Jul 14, 2021
They are 'vine leaves' in most of Europe.
Level 79
Mar 19, 2022
For the very good reason that grapes don't have leaves. Vines do.
Level 76
Nov 24, 2022
Way too Eastern-Mediterranean heavy. Barely any Italian, Spanish, French or Moroccan stuff at all.

Grape leaves are called vine leaves in most places.

Also, tilapia in Mediterranean cultures is called "Saint Pierre", "San Pietro" or similar, so unless translating Mediterranean foods into English is your idea of knowledge on the cuisine, that question is redundant.

Level 80
May 6, 2023
Good quiz, but unusually harsh on type-ins. I'd allow pitta, tsatsiki (both common spellings) and vine leaves, a much more common name than grape leaves.
Level 72
Nov 11, 2023
Please accept vine levels (UK). Grape leaves are the US term.