Greek Yogurt Isn’t Actually Greek, As It Turns Out

Despite its name – and brands like Oikos hiring famous actors of Greek ancestry to front their campaigns (that would be John Stamos of Full House fame) – it turns out that Greek yogurt, the international health and diet It-food, isn’t actually Greek, after all.

Greek Yogurt Isn't Actually Greek, As It Turns Out“What is known abroad as ‘Greek yogurt’ is called ‘straggisto’ in Greece,” an Athens-area cheesemaker told the AFP, which pointed out that, unlike taking ownership of foods like feta cheese, neither Greece nor any Greek company has laid claim to patent the product.

Chobani, one of the most popular brands of Greek yogurt in the United States isn’t even Greek – it’s Turkish! They just co-opted the name from Fage, the first company to drop “Greek strained yogurt” – straggisto – in North America circa 2001.

“Because it was introduced in this country by a Greek company, they called it ‘Greek yogurt,'” said Chobani’s founder Hamdi Ulukaya. “It doesn’t matter whether it’s Greek yogurt or Turkish yogurt, as long as it’s good yogurt.”

Did you know that so much of the Greek yogurt we’re buying isn’t actually Greekor even, technically, strictly yogurt?

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