With similar properties to karalla, rock samphire can reduce flatulence, purify the blood, and remove toxins from the body. It is thought to be good for a weight-loss diet and obesity. It has 30 times the vitamin C content of an orange.
Since ancient times, people on the island have been consuming local products. The Mediterranean diet, which is based on herbs, legumes, meat, fish, honey, dairy products, and wine, is celebrated in Crete. The Cretan traditional cuisine is simple and inventive and is based on the endless variety of Cretan endemic products. What is never missing from the Cretan cuisine is olive oil, wheat or barley dusks, and of course raki, which is a local traditional alcoholic drink.