These are my recommendations for foods (and brands when important) to keep on hand for preparing fresh Mediterranean foods. If there is a brand listed, it is because that brand is free from questionable contaminants such as BPA, lead, GMOS etc.
The California Mediterranean Diet Pantry:
California Extra Virgin Olive Oil:
Bariani, California Olive Ranch, Stonehouse, Bellindora, Olivina,
California Harvest, Trader Joe’s California
grape seed or canola (organic)
wine vinegar, rice vinegar, apple cider vinegar
brown rice, wild rice, specialty wild rice blends (for example Lundberg), oats, whole wheat flour, coarse cornmeal (polenta), other specialty grains (whole wheat berries, barley, farro, quinoa, etc.), popcorn, whole wheat bread, whole grain pasta, masa, hominy
Canned beans: Eden foods canned beans, Eden foods canned refried beans
walnuts, almonds, pistachios, pecans, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, hazelnuts
prunes, figs, raisins, dates, apricots, peaches, pears
Dijon Mustard, California dried tomatoes, Muir Glen canned tomatoes, local honey, dried chilies, cured olives, organic mayonnaise, maple syrup
In the refrigerator: onions, garlic, eggs, fresh herbs when available, organic margarine such as “Earth Balance”.
Asian: cilantro, cinger, Thai lime and leaf, soy sauce, sesame oil, turmeric, star anise