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Mastic is the natural aromatic resin of the mastic tree. The mastic tree (Pistacia Lentiscus) is an evergreen shrub which is native throughout the Mediterranean region.

It thrives only on the South part of Chios, a Greek island situated in the Aegean Sea. According to scientists the cultivation of the tree is helped by Chios's climate, but also from the underwater volcanoes near the island. For centuries the cultivation of the mastic tree has been tried in many parts of Greece, as well as other countries, without any success.

Mastic trees and there resin are famous mainly because of there culinary as well as medical uses. It aborts cholesterol, reducing the chances of heart disease and hypertension, while it is also an antiseptic mean of the inner mouth area. In 1990 at a medical convention in Athens it was announced that mastic, in addition to its other uses also helps cure gastric ulcer.

It's pharmaceutical uses where known to Hippocrates, the ancient Greek physician known as the "father of medicine", while the ladies of Rome used toothpicks from the mastic trees to brighten there teeth. The oldest reference to mastic comes from Herodotus, during the 5th century B.C.

The Chios mastic, combined with sugar, gave birth to the spoon sweet - mastic, a different and more intensely flavoured form of vanilla. This is usually served as a spoonful of sweet on a table spoon dropped into a tall glass of ice-cold water and popularly called "vanilla hypovrychio", a "vanilla submarine". The mastic sweet is very popular for its distinct taste, its culinary particularity as well as its vast medical purposes.

We here at Katerina's make the mastic sweet only using pure extracted mastic resin, straight from the "Chios Mastic Growers Association" in Greece, ensuring that our costumers enjoy its sweet taste as well as its pharmaceutical uses.



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