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.
GREEK MOUNTAIN TEA
During the winter months there’s no better way to end your day than the sweet, floral fragrance of Greek Mountain Tea coming out of a smoking hot tea cup. This gorgeous flowering plant is our national herbal infusion, and it has been part of our diet since ancient times, mentioned by Greek Mythology as the food of the Titans. Packed with health benefits, it has been traditionally used as a healer by folk medicine for the treatment of inflammation, gastrointestinal disorders and common cold. Recent research shows that the its extracts can enhance memory and learning, as scientists are studying the plant's correlation to the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.
Packaging: Whole bouquet 30g/1.06oz.
Sourcing: Mountain Tea flourishes on rocky slopes over 1.000 meters of altitude, with many mountains being home to little known, local varietals. Our selection comes from a wonderful organic farm in Grevena. Our supplier was among the first to cultivate the gorgeous, green and purple hued variety of the area, which has a significantly higher concentration in flavonoids, antioxidants and phenolic content than its commercially available rivals.
How to Use: Use all parts of the plant. Stems leaves and flowers are equally fragrant and beneficial. Good quality Mountain Tea has a delicate, herbaceous flavour and is naturally caffeine-free. You’ll need 2 springs (1g) per tea cup, dosage on taste. With your fingers or with a pair of scissors, cut springs in 3cm / 1.5 inch pieces. Simmer for 6 minutes in hot water (95C), covered. Strain and serve alone or with honey, warm or at room temperature.