Spices, Herbs

Herbs
 

Since antiquity, Greeks were using aromatic plants for their healing attributes and for their nutritional value.  The legend says that Mount Olympus, where the Greek gods lived, was covered with a canopy of flowers and herbs that were of service to the gods, as well as to living mortals.  The stories about these gods clearly shows the respect the Ancient Greeks held for the beauty of the plants and their attributes.

Hippocrates, the Greek physician and "father of medicine", advocated the use of herbs, fresh air, exercise, and good diet. He recorded the use of about 400 herbs to heal illness. Hippocates stated that illness was an imbalance of the basic elements within the body, and the proper use of herbs could restore this balance.

Through the centuries a handful of traditional herbalists created local centers of herbal treatment throughout Europe. By the 19th century the chemical composition of herbs was being analyzed to discover their effects on the physical body. Many herbs subsequently became the basis of modern medicines.

During the past few years there is a continuous increasing global interest for the Greek aromatic plants and their multiple uses. Nowadays, the Greek and international industry are using the aromatic plants for the production of cosmetics, medicines and foods. Greeks, throughout the country enjoy the therapeutic benefits of a variety of herbs: Chamomile, lime, sage, mountain tea, mint, spearmint, thyme, fennel, aniseed, St John's wort, lavender and oregano existed- and still exist in the modern home.

Spices

 

A spice is a dried seed, fruit, root, bark, or vegetative substance primarily used for flavouring, colouring or preserving food.  Sometimes a spice is used to hide other flavours.  Spices are distinguished from herbs, which are parts of leafy green plants also used for flavouring or as garnish.  Many spices have antimicrobial properties.

The Greek land has plenty of spices which add play an important role in the local cusine.  Spices give character to the food and make it special.

Some of the spices produced in Greece are: oregano, rosemary, thyme, basil, bay leaf, dill, caper, saffron, cumin, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon.


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Dirfis Mushrooms
Bagkatzounis Markos & Sons
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The Kozani Saffron Producers Cooperative
Alfa Katsifa

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