Greece is surrounded by sea for more than 14,800 km while holds an important position in salt production worldwide.
Salt is considered to be a cornerstone in traditional Greek cooking and baking (Mediterranean diet) and it is used as a preservative for meat, vegetables, cheese, fish, olives and pickles of all kinds. The tastiest fish soup (Kakavia) is being cooked by boatmen with seawater for centuries.
Southern Europe’s Mediterranean countries are considered to be the center of its origin. Native rosemary can be found in regions of Central Greece and some islands of the Aegean and Ionian Sea. It was known by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans who used it as a herb and also a décor for the winner athletes’ wreaths.
Rosemary is an aromatic and medicinal plant. Its leaves can be found either as fresh or as dry peels and are used to extract essences. They are also used in cooking as a seasoning (small tender twigs), and for the production of beverages. Rosemary has anticonvulsant, sedative, anti-inflammatory, anti- hepatotoxic, diuretic and antimicrobial properties. It is mainly used as a painkiller. Rosemary leaves and essences are suitable for headaches and migraines; relieve from dyspepsia, sciatica and neuralgia.
The dry and fresh thyme peels consisting of leaves and inflorescences, are commonly used in cooking. Thyme is used in kitchens all around the world. It stimulates the immune system and strengthens the heart, whereas it’s valuable against the physical and mental depression, anxiety and migraine. It helps in the digestion of fatty foods and is believed to increase mental clarity. Finallly, it is thought to be a valuable anticonvulsant against whooping cough and asthma.
In ancient Greece it was thought to be a symbol of joy and happiness.
Oregano is the essential ingredient of the Mediterranean cuisine. It is found in almost all recipes; with meat, fish and of course as an essential ingredient of the Greek Salad. Its flavor is intense, spicy and slightly bitter.
Oregano has antioxidant, antifungal and antibacterial properties, helps digestion and calms the nervous system. It’s a plant with the highest vitamin C content.
It is an aromatic plant used as a seasoning in the Mediterranean cuisine. Adds flavor in beans, roast rabbits, tomato salads or -finely chopped- in green salads. It is an ideal add-in for olives, poultry, grilled meats, omelets and pizzas. It is a particularly digestive plant. Therefore, it tremendously helps against digestive problems and colic. Savory increases appetite, soothes asthma attacks and banishes insomnia. It is thought to be one of the finest herbs in cooking.