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Kourikos - Mastiha - 10g

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About the product: Mastiha is the aromatic natural resin extracted from the mastic tree (Pistacia lentiscus var. Chia) grown in Chios. 

The mastiha plant, the raspberry, (scientifically Pistacia lentiscus) is an evergreen shrub, belonging to the Terebinthus (Terebinthus lentisca Chia) family. It can also reach the height of three meters. It has outstretched branches and a light or dark trunk, depending on its age. The surface of its trunk has irregular plates, like wrinkles, like pine. It thrives throughout the Mediterranean, from the Iberian Peninsula and France to Turkey and Israel.

On the island of Chios, and only in its southern villages, the so-called Mastichohoria, a particular variety of rye flourishes and is cultivated, the mastic rope (Pistacia lentiscus var. Chia), from which the natural resin or mastiha is extracted, its most important product, which also supports the local economy. The name comes from the word masticare (chew). Many times efforts have been made to produce mastic from this plant in other parts of the planet, but to no avail.

About the company: Kourikos is a family-owned spices industry founded in 1971 in Thessaloniki, Greece. It imports & exports high quality spices, herbs, and teas, and also produces for retail, wholesale, and industry markets with the highest possible quality. For almost 50 years, it has been working within the agrofood sector, with long-term relationships with local farmers, to source the best materials available. 

Instructions: Mastiha is used in food, medicine and industry. Mastiha is also often referred to as chewing gum.

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