BOSTON [April 27, 2017] — Halloumi, Muhammara, Farro, Harissa, Dukkah, Pesto…how’s your Mediterranean Foods I.Q?

To celebrate International Mediterranean Diet Month in May, the nonprofit Oldways, creator of the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid launches the “How Well Do You Know Mediterranean Foods?” quiz.

Become (re)acquainted with the flavorful, accessible, affordable and healthy foods of the Mediterranean region — and learn some surprising fun facts about their country of origin. 

Quiz takers can enter to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card, along with a Mediterranean Basket including walnuts, oven mitt, silpat, spatula and journal from the California Walnut Commission; a bottle of extra virgin olive oil and an olive oil cruet from FOODMatch; and an Oldways Mediterranean Bundle including the Oldways 4-Week Mediterranean Diet Menu Plan Book and Mediterranean Diet Grocery List Pad.

No matter your score, you’ll win if you follow the Med Diet. Hundreds of scientific studies show that people who closely follow a Mediterranean Diet get many health benefits, while enjoying wonderfully delicious foods. These benefits include everything from better heart and bone health and reduced risk of strokes and diabetes, to help with weight management and longer lifespan.

This May, download our 2017 Med Month Calendar, and challenge yourself and others to Make Each Day Mediterranean. Some simple ideas include:

  • Take a walk (a passeggiata is an evening walk around the neighborhood).
  • Enjoy fresh fruit for dessert.
  • Chop up your favorite fresh herbs for a salad.
  • Make an easy pasta like this delicious Penne with Arugula Pesto and Peas.

For more than 25 years, Oldways has been dedicated to promoting the powerful health benefits, affordability, and delicious flavors found in traditional plant-based diets worldwide, including the Mediterranean Diet. For more, visit our Med Diet Month page here.

Join in the Mediterranean Diet conversation on social media by using the hashtag #MedDietMonth.

Please contact Kyle Potvin (, 603-893-1707) for more information, including hi-res graphics of the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid, interviews with Oldways program managers, or contact information for Med Diet scientific experts.

About Oldways
Oldways ( is a nonprofit food and nutrition education organization, with a mission to inspire healthy eating through cultural food traditions and lifestyles. Simply, Oldways advocates for the healthful pleasures of real food. Oldways programs include the Whole Grains Council, Cheese Coalition, Mediterranean Foods Alliance, African Heritage & Health, Supermarket Dietitian Symposium, Nutrition Exchange, and Culinary Travel. The organization is known for creating the Whole Grain Stamp and the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid.