If you’ve never tasted the Greek Mountain Tea, you don’t know the best of it
Consumption of this delicious healthy infusion, tsai tou vounou, or mountain tea, dates back to antiquity.
The ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, father of the modern medicine, hailed Greek Mountain Tea for its benefits to the immune and respiratory systems.
Greek Mountain Tea is a single varietal herbal tea, made from the dried flowers, leaves and stems of a native herb known as Sideritis.
This is from the Greek word ‘sideron’ i.e. iron as contains iron (Fe). It is a common practice for Greeks to enjoy this delicious infusion for a pretty impressive array of conditions to be treated, like in digestive problems, rheumatism, arthritis, as a tonic, antispasmodic, antidiarrheal and against cold and flu.
It has over 140 varieties in Mediterranean countries. Some of them can be harvested in Mountains of Pindos, Athos, Samothraki’s mountain, Taygetos, Olympus, Parnassos, Crete, Evia, all in different names but practically almost same taste.
Popular for its abundant health properties, it is well enjoyed for its mild, smooth, deliciously appealing flavor. Slightly earthy with floral notes and subtle hints of citrus and mint and naturally caffeine free.
This fascinating plant, with its tiny pale yellow flowers, light green buds, and silvery leaves contains large amounts of essential oils and is rich in antioxidants and polyphenols and has a broad range of phytonutrients – lab tested!
Taste is beyond description as does not remind any other tea. Its mildness and sweet taste do not make you feel this strange feeling in the stomach as other tea types do.
Organic and hand-grown in pristine mountain environments in Greece, at elevations in excess of 3,000 feet does not need to blend with and flavoring additives. On the contrary, has to be just the pure herb in its most natural form.
Research has shown it to be as potent as green tea at inducing cellular antioxidant defenses and preventing oxidative stress. But it tastes a lot better than green tea and with no caffeine, it can be enjoyed anytime throughout the day or evening. Greek Mountain Tea is excellent plain but also pairs beautifully with honey – almost as if the two were made for each other. Typically enjoyed hot, but it also makes a delicious and refreshing iced tea, as remains smooth and refreshing with a pleasant aftertaste and long finish.
From a blog of Kliotea, a study published in the Society of Chemical Industry found Greek mountain tea as potent as the highly revered Green tea at inducing cellular antioxidant defenses and reducing oxidative stress. And we think it tastes a whole lot better!
In this study, the antioxidant effects of a Greek mountain tea extract were investigated in a biological system (HepG2 cells) in basal condition after the induction of oxidative stress and compared to those of a Green Tea extract.
The study also showed that Greek mountain tea has a different phenolic pattern than Green tea, with catechins being predominant in Green tea and chlorogenic acid, hypolatein, apigenin and isoscutellarein in Greek mountain tea. This is the first comparison in a biological system between two different plants commonly used to make teas and believe it has potentially important implications for screening or evaluating antioxidant beverages.
For those desiring a daily antioxidant and phyto-nutrient boost, but interested in a caffeine-free and more taste bud friendly alternative to Green tea we suggest the organic Greek mountain tea.
As tea connoisseurs remember, the volume required to make a good cup of tea would not fit in a sachet so packaging is always different. Prefer loose leaf and not the bagged tea as small bags will expose the leaves to oxidation of the critical essential oils. So tea leaves are delivered in big package in its true form. The same way the ancients enjoyed it.
Another ISO certified company, Olympusherb, states that process of cultivation, collection and drying are performed in the most natural way, without machines, and with zero environmental footprints. Within its facilities, the most efficient ways are followed to ensure the clarity and purity of the final product at all levels of production.
How do you like your tea? Personally, I enjoy it with cinnamon sticks and anise seeds.
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