Culture impact everything from food to fashion and language all as important to religion and social living.  Both cultures have change in many ways because of the engagement in trade, immigration, and wars. From the Roman Empire, the Greek empire, and the Ottomans.Image result for mediterranean and turkish food images

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The Mediterranean continue to evolve based on the new trade agreements such as the ECU and others, the new immigration from the Middle East like Syria and Iraq, and of course wars like continuous disagreement for peace treaty over Cypress between the Turkey and Greece which bring influence to the region from all over Europe and other country with the presence of the UN peace security forces.    Image result for cypress and Un peacekeeping forces images

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The similarities are in the main ingredients: olives and olive oil, citrus fruits, mostly the same vegetables and other fruits like grapes. The principal proteins are lamb, chicken, and seafood. Rice plays a big role in the diet, though breads made of wheat or barley are also very common.

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The differences lie primarily in the seasonings, that is, which spices and herbs dominate a particular cuisine.

Cooking techniques are pretty much the same across all three cuisines, though some show certain preferences. Stuffed vegetables (and some fruits) are commonly shared. Things like kibbeh or borek tend to be identified with particular cuisines, however.Related imageTurkish Beers

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The vast, overall similarity goes back to shared influences over the millennia including the Crusades and the domination of the region by the Ottoman Empire.Image result for Lebanese bars imagesLebanese bars | Executive Magazine

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John BurgessJohn Burgess

Former US Foreign Service Officer who’s been around the block (and the world) a few times.

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