Stamnagathi, belongs to the chicory family, loosely translated as jug-thorns, one of Greece’s many wild greens, was considered a medicine in Ancient Greece due to its antioxidant nature which helps regulate DNA reconstructuring, metabolism, etc. It is widely accepted as a classic salad in Crete and the Mediterranean diet. Tradition has it that farmers in Crete would cover the water jugs with it to prevent bugs from entering!
Crithmum, Greek name “Kritamos”, sometimes known as “Rock Samphire”, mostly grows near the sea and is known for containing nutrients such as iodine, vitamins, omega fat & mineral salts which detoxes the body and stimulates skin renewal. Blends well with ouzo and Greek tapas, can also be part of various salads.
Thyme is also an herb found in the sunny Mediterranean region and used exactly the same way as oregano in the culinary world. Thyme also gives us Thyme Honey, a top quality variety of Greek honey. Its essential oil can be used by pharmaceutical companies for various applications and its health benefits are similar to oregano.
Greek mountain tea, also known as Ironwort, famous for its anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant benefits, grows in abundance all over Greece and parts of the Balkans. Legend has it that it used to heal the wounds caused by swords during battle. A number of traditional culinary recipes use it for its aromatic properties.