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Chios Mastic

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Chios Mastic. Mastic is the product – emblem of Chios. With the hearing of the word mastic in the minds of most, Chios comes straight … and not unjustly! Mastic has a wide range of uses. It can be used from confectionery-cooking to medicine!

The mastic plant, the spinach, scientifically Pistacia lentiscus, thrives throughout the Mediterranean, from the Iberian Peninsula and France to Turkey and Israel. However, on the island of Chios and more specifically in the southern part of the island, a special variety of spinach is cultivated, the mastic-bearing spinach from which the natural resin or mastic is extracted. Since 1997 it has been characterized as a product of Protected Designation of Origin (PDO).

According to studies, Chios mastic has antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, also having the ability to reduce lipids and glucose in the blood. We could not overestimate its ability to relieve discomfort in the stomach and gastrointestinal tract. In addition, it is used for skin problems as it has a healing effect.

Mastic can also be consumed as a beverage. Its most common form is as a liqueur. The well-known mastic liqueur which is usually offered at the end of a meal as a digestive drink.

The most popular form of mastic is of course chewing gum! By chewing mastic as chewing gum, the hygiene of the teeth, the gums and the mouth in general will be felt. It generally improves oral hygiene such as gingivitis and plaque, due to its antimicrobial action and generally strengthens the human body due to its antioxidant components. However, mastic can be enjoyed in other forms such as ice cream.

Mastic has antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. There are also data on its anti-cancer activity. It generally has a positive effect, improving health. It is used successfully in the confectionery and cooking, in the perfume and cosmetics industry and in the distillery. It has the title of “miracle” food and not unjustly. So after all these benefits, the need for its constant production is a given! Finally, mastic has been recognized as a natural medicine by the European Union.

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