It may be only February but it is fair to say that Greek food has not been far from the headlines so far this year (2018).
Even before this week — which saw Greece’s South Aegean win the title of ‘European Region of Gastronomy’ — even the humble Gyros made it into the media.USA online dictionary Merriam–Webster recently published a list of the 10 most-searched-for words and, to the surprise of many, the Greek word gyro was at number 7.
The dictionary explains that around 1970, the word Gyros, from the Greek verb gyros (“turn”), was taken into English from Greek cuisine.Its pronunciation follows Greek-influenced phonetic rules rather than English ones to give us /YEE-roh/ and /ZHIHR-oh/ as common pronunciations, it says. Gyro is a dish made of meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie,
..traditionally pork, or chicken, and outside Greece with beef, veal or lamb, and usually served wrapped in a flatbread such as pita, with tomato, onion and tzatziki sauce.