WILD HERBS OF CRETE : The use of unknown herbs of Crete in medicine and gastronomy
The program includes a presentation by two producers / agriculturalists on site (2 different herb gardens). During this visit you will have the opportunity to touch, feel and learn a lot about the various plants, and finally to taste dishes made with the herbs from the gardens in an idyllic place under the historic Venetian village (region of Sitia, eastern of Crete). With an attentionate light meal with products coming directly from the garden of the producers. In an atmospheric medieval village on the Plateau of Sitia. With the escort of 2 young and passionate English speaking local producers.
A brief introduction to the herbs of Crete:
Aromatic plants make part of an important tradition in Crete.
Cretan producers of spices today offer the market a multitude of aromatic herbs, such as oregano (Origanum onites), basil (Ocimum basilicum L.), linden (Tilia cordate mill.), Marjoram (origanum majorana), thyme (thymus sibthorpii benth.), mint (mentha), rosemary (rosmarinus officinalis), laurel (laurus nobilis L.), chamomile (matricaria chamomilla L.), sage (salvia officinalis) etc. All of them have always been used since ancient times as medicinal plants and many are mentioned in the texts of ancient authors who attribute to them exceptional therapeutic properties. Several of these remarkable Cretan plants (including dittany) grow on the steep mountains of the island and are picked by experienced herbalists and then dried in natural conditions. They are then taken to the modern facilities of local firms , where they are packaged without any use of chemicals or other treatment.
It is now easy to find these plants. You can drink them as teas or use them to flavor your dishes made according to the recipes of the Cretan diet. Current units with the latest technology ensure that they retain their natural flavor and all their therapeutic properties
Objectives of the program
- Provide visitors with basic knowledge about the wild herbs of Crete.
- Observe those plants in the micro-environment they grow (habitat) and start distinguishing them according to their specific characteristics.
- Become sensitized to the issue of nature’s protection within the framework of Sustainability.
- Get acquainted with the historical and traditional way of using wild herbs for healing purposes.
- Learning how they are used in the kitchen.
The trip step by step
- Driving to the meeting point with your guides
- Walking around the fields of the plateau with the two young farmers (anglophones) and discussion on the characteristics of those wild herbs of Crete that are used to the local cuyisine, but also to medicine.
- Presentation of the herbs and participation in small works to dry, pick them up and use them in the kitchen (depending on the time).
- Rich picnic in nature
- The guiding by the two Cretan agricuralists / producers (in English)
- Presentation of the herbs
- Information notes about herbs
- Outdoor picnic
- Everything mentioned above
- Transport from your accommodation to the sites proposed and back to the hotel (upon request with extra cost).
- Translator (upon request with an extra cost)
- Personal Insurance (upon request with an extra cost)
- Beverage (soft drinks)
- Personal expenses, tips.
- Anything not mentioned above