What does Chios Mastiha taste like?

What does Chios Mastiha taste like?

Jim Botsacos, the chef at the restaurant, describes it as a combination of fennel, anise and mint. To me, it’s the taste equivalent of the smell of a pine forest. Mastic, an ancient Greek ingredient, was introduced to Molyvos by Aglaia Kremezi, a food writer in Athens who acts as a consultant to the restaurant.

What is mastiha Flavour?

Mastika or mastiha is a liqueur seasoned with mastic, a resin with a slightly pine or cedar-like flavor gathered from the mastic tree, a small evergreen tree native to the Mediterranean region.

What can use instead of mastic?

vanilla
In places where mastic is difficult to find, vanilla is often used as a substitute.

What is natural Chios mastiha?

Chios Mastiha is the natural resin of Pistacia lentiscus var. Chia, a tree which grows only on the Aegean island of Chios, Greece. Scientific research shows that Chios Mastiha has anti- microbial, anti- inflammatory, and healing activity. Also, it has beneficial effects on both body hygiene and skin care.

What are mastiha crystals?

Mastiha, or mastic, is a crystal, resinous spice and natural chewing gum that hails exclusively from Chios, where it has been produced since antiquity and long known for its medicinal value.

Does mastiha need to be refrigerated?

Store mastiha in the refrigerator after you’ve processed with salt or sugar. If you have the whole drops, place in the freezer until it’s time to use them. Mastiha keeps well for many years if stored properly; most packages have an expiration date three years into the future.

What is Chios Mastiha?

One of the greatest products of the mastic is the “Liqueur Mastiha of Chios”, which is produced traditionally in Chios Island since 1925 from the K. Psychis & Sons distillery and it is a product of distillation of the original Chios mastic.

What happened to the Mastiha trees on Chios?

Last week the summer forest fires ravaged many areas of Greece including the island of Chios. Chios is home to mastiha also known as mastic and unfortunately the fires destroyed almost 30% of the rare and difficult to cultivate, mastiha trees.

Why is Mastiha so special?

Chios is home to mastiha also known as mastic and unfortunately the fires destroyed almost 30% of the rare and difficult to cultivate, mastiha trees. But why is mastiha so special? Mastiha is basically resin from the mastiha trees and appears in drops (see photo).

What products can you find in Chios?

If you are not much of a cook you can find several products including dips, olives, olive oil, mastiha oil, chocolates, savory snacks, marmalades, fruit preserves, even pasta. The Chios Mastiha Growers Association has developed a chain of stores called Mastiha Shop that carries a wide variety of traditional but also innovative mastiha products.