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.
PENNYROYAL, THE ANCIENT MINT
The sweet, highly aromatic Pennyroyal Mint, had an important role in the cuisine of the ancient Greeks and Romans but culinary use dwindled during the Medieval era. Today it is known only by a small portion of herb lovers and it is used mostly in tea brews. However, creative cooks will love experimenting with this sophisticated herb.
Packaging: White tube 12g/0.42oz.
Sourcing: A small quantity is shipped to us every year, from a natural plantation near Parga. Our supplier harvests only a few kilos every year exclusively for Daphnis and Chloe.
How to use: This mint has a flowery fragrance with subtle notes of menthol. Use in small quantities to give an edgy, fresh sweetness that recalls spearmint to your stews, soups, herbal teas or syrups.
You’ll need a teaspoon (that’s less than 1g) per teacup. Simmer for 5' at 95C, covered. Strain and serve. This bag makes 30 generous portions.
Not suitable for pregnant or lactating women.