Another important savoury in the Cypriot Cuisine is the mezes. Mezes are a mixed variety of cold and hot dishes generally served as appetizers prior to a meal. ‘Humus, ‘cacık, ‘tahın’ pickled caper and celery,’samarella’ (cured sheep with salt and oregano), fried hellim’çakıstes'(cracked green olives marinated in olive oil, lemon, garlic and coriander seeds), tongue, brain and ‘pastirma’ (spicy sausages).