Mountain Tea

The secret essence of the Mediterranean Diet – Greek Mountain Tea

Greece provides the perfect mountainous habitat for a vast number of health-giving plants and herbs, perhaps the best known of which is Greek mountain tea, or Τσάι του βουνού (Tsái tou vounoú) as they call it in Greece. Greek Mountain tea – belongs to the Sideritis genus of flowering plants, of which there are over 150 different species known. It grows at high altitudes, usually over 1000m, with little or no soil and can often be found on the surface of rocks.

Consumption of Greek mountain tea dates back to ancient civilization in Greece, when the Greek philosopher Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, hailed its benefits for the immune and respiratory systems. According to Greek mythology, it was also the drink of the Titans and Greek grandmothers are still known to urge their grandchildren to drink at least one cup per day to make them as strong as a Titan as part of their Mediterranean diet.

Continuing this tradition of natural health and well-being, our mountain tea provides a deliciously healthy, caffeine-free, herbal tea infusion made from the dried flowers, leaves and stems of the Sideritis plant. It is 100% biologically certified and sustainably farmed by our young neighbour and friend, Thomas Sionis, who lives in the mountains close to Kalavrita on the North Peloponnes, at about 1200m above sea-level. Thomas and his family harvests the tea by hand during early summer mornings, when the temperature is still cool and the yellow flowers are in full bloom. He then chooses only the most pristine flowers for air-drying in well-ventilated barns and packaging at his home in Kalavrita. After that, it is ready to make its way to us, so we can bring this key ingredient of the Mediterranean diet to our family and friends in Northern Europe.