A key element of the traditional Mediterranean diet, our OLIFE.bio 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. Here, 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.
There are two simple ways of making Mountain Tea. The most traditional method for one serving is to add a small handful of the herb to water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Allow the tea to boil for a few minutes and then remove the pot or saucepan from the heat. Allow to steep an additional 5 minutes and then strain into a mug or cup. Alternatively, you can simply pour boiling water over the plant. Note that it is important to use all parts of the plant and not just the flowers. This is not only proven by the traditional use, but scientific analyses have also shown that the healthiness of the tea lies in the mix of all the plants components: leafs, stems and flowers. You will appreciate this tea for its vibrant herbal green and simple citrus flavours – which can easily be paired with honey and/or a dash of lemon juice – or simply drunk on its own as a soothing, refreshing and above all healthy drink at anytime of the day.
Greek Mountain Tea doesn’t only taste great – it has also been approved by the European Medicines Agency for the treatment of viral cold/flu symptoms and stomach complaints. Extensive research is also being carried out into its effects on Neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimers – effects that are thought to be due to the tea’s proven ability to increase the oxygen concentration in our blood.
- Tea Variety: Sideritis Raeseri
- Harvest Period: Jun 2022 – Aug 2022
- Harvesting method: Hand-picked by the Sionis family and friends.
- Organoleptic profile: Harmonious balance of young and herbaceous greens
- Quality Certification: DIO Bio certification Greece
- BIO Certification: GR-BIO-001
- Best Before: 2026