Mountain tea is a genus of flowering plants (Lamiaceae) and Sideritis and is a therapeutical herb with many qualities. It is said that it took its name from the Greek word “sideritis”, literally translated as “she who is made of or has iron”, due to its quality to treat injuries caused by iron objects. Another tale says that it took this name because as a drink it contains lots of iron, thus, it is a natural source of it.
• Boosts the immune system
• Fights indigestion and gastrointestinal disorders
• Helps common cold treatment
• Prevents osteoporosis and anemia
• Improves the functions of the heart
• Acts as a stimulant to the brain and muscles
• Helps prevent Alzheimer
• Its anti-oxidant qualities help the prevention of cancer
• It alleviates stress
• It is rich in iron
MOYNTAIN TEA IN GREECE
It is grown in most mountainous and semi-mountainous areas of the Mediterranean but there are also many species in Asia. In Greece, about 17 species of mountain tea can be found in many areas.
Tea consumption has greatly increased in the last years and as a result self-grown plants could no longer cover the demands of the people. As a result, farmers have started growing mountain tea in farms and its harvest takes place every June, when plants are fully blossomed.
SPECIES OF TEA IN GREECE
Some of the most widely known species are:
• Shepherd’s Tea (Sideritis Athoa), found on the mountains of Pindos, or in certain areas on the island of Samothraki and on Athos mountain.
• Clandestina (Sideritis clandestine) found in Taygetos
• Malotiras (Sideritis syriaca), grown on the White Mountains of Crete
• Euboea Mountain Tea (Sideritis Euboea)
• Olympus Mountain Tea (Sideritis scardica, found in mount Olympus, Kissavos and in Pelion.
• Parnassus Mountain Tea (Sideritis Raeseri)
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