Discover a new world of naturally superior herbal seasonings and infusions.
It’s interesting that whilst the Mediterranean is home to a large variety of aromatic plants, the finest examples rarely ever cross the narrow borders of their native lands. You could hunt for Mediterranean herbs at food markets, spice stores and delis around the world, but even your best finds won’t compare to the hand-picked oregano bunches that Greek women dry on their balconies during the summer months, or to the wild thyme shrubs that fill the islands’ air with their dainty fragrance each spring. And this is what Daphnis and Chloe is all about; sourcing this genuine bounty that can only be encountered in the natural state of things.
Put simply, Greece is where some of the highest quality Mediterranean cooking herbs naturally prefer to grow. The varieties that grow in Greek soil can contain up to 30 times more essential oils (a parameter that defines their quality) than other typically available herbs sourced form elsewhere. Moreover, thanks to its immense diversity of microclimates, Greece is home to an infinite list of endemic plants. D&C are sourced from natural plantations and family-run farms where the produce is grown according to organic agricultural principles.
WHOLE OREGANO BOUQUET
When we started our research, we were surprised to discover that Oregano is not "one" herb, but rather a generic name used to define over 40 different plants around the world. According to botanical scientists, Greece happens to be where some of the most praised varieties thrive.
Packaging: Whole bouquet 30g/1.06oz.
Sourcing: Our suppliers are organic farmers who run a natural farm on a little known, mountainous village of the Peloponnese. Our oregano grows surrounded by walnut and chestnut trees, in a beautiful scenery with great views. Rich in essential oils, pungent and peppery, this is what we call all-purpose oregano here at Daphnis and Chloe.
How to use: Oregano is a staple spice of Mediterranean cookery. From Greek salad to Italian pizza you’ll find innumerate recipes where to use it.
6 unknown benefits of GOOD oregano:
1) It makes Meat Healthier: Oregano minimises the bad effects of meat consumption, as it helps lower cholesterol levels & is rich in precious fibers.
2) It is good for your E.V.O.O: Many traditional stews cook in Olive Oil, which is rich in monounsaturated fats. However these healthy fats are heat unstable and oxidise in cooking. Thanks to its antioxidants, good quality oregano extends olive oil's resistance to heat.
3) It loves Sardines: Season with oregano, lemon and olive oil. This pairing increases the intake of antioxidants and consequently protects the precious Omega-3 and Omega-6 of the fish.
4) It Aids digestion: The more you cook your tomatoes, the harder it gets for your stomach to digest them. Adding oregano to your spaghetti sauce brings a balance to the equation. The same applies for many legume soups!
5) It is Antioxidant: 1g Oregano has 42 times greater antioxidant capacity than the same quantity of apples, and 12 times more than oranges.
6) It never tastes the same!: Climatic conditions and geographical distribution play an immense role in herb quality. For instance Greek oregano outperforms the Spanish and Turkish varieties, as it contains a greater amount of essential oils, between 1.8/8.2 ml per 100g dry weight.