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Delicious greek tea as a gift

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Delicious greek tea as a gift

Hello everyone, currently we are visiting Crete and searching for some interesting presents for our family from Crete. We are thinking about some delicious greek tea, but we dont have any ideas where to find it. Maybe any ideas?

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Stevenage, United...
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1. Re: Delicious greek tea as a gift

Several stalls in the Agora indoor market sell various varieties of local tea, lots of local shops, and Synka supermarkets also sell some.

Netanya, Israel
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2. Re: Delicious greek tea as a gift

Clueless about the tea. Herb spicing combinations, and Cretan honey were great, and useful souvenirs with our kith&kin.

Yuri.

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3. Re: Delicious greek tea as a gift

It's usually called Mountain Tea, usually a mix of dried herbs including Cretan Dittany& sage. You'll see it in the market, about 30cm long dried plants in a bundle, in a plastic bag. To make it, preferably boil a few stems for a few minutes then let it steep, or you can do it in a cafetiere. Delicious with a touch of honey & very healthy.

Netanya, Israel
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4. Re: Delicious greek tea as a gift

Are you certain about boiling it? I've been told, it's a brewing only.

Yuri.

Athens, Greece
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5. Re: Delicious greek tea as a gift

The tradition is to boil it, which most people do. There are a few that pour boiling water on the stems & leaves, but that’s just a preference by them.

Netanya, Israel
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6. Re: Delicious greek tea as a gift

Thank you.

Yuri.

Chania, Greece
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7. Re: Delicious greek tea as a gift

"It's usually called Mountain Tea, usually a mix of dried herbs including Cretan Dittany& sage"

Actually, sage would be pretty unusual. The standard mix is malotira (sideritis syriaca) - https:/…sideritis_syriaca.htm - together with a little Cretan dittany and possibly marjoram (Ματζουράνα).

Most people will boil it briefly but some only steep it.

Edited: 26 September 2018, 04:35
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8. Re: Delicious greek tea as a gift

Not sure where you are staying, but the Botanic Park near Chania serves delicious mountain tea from their own home grown herbs. I think you can buy it there too.

http://www.botanical-park.com/

Netanya, Israel
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9. Re: Delicious greek tea as a gift

Sideritis Syriaca - Ironwort, I think it's called in English. ברזילן in Hebrew, железняка in Russian. All names have Iron in them.

Very healthy wild plant, known for millenia.

Yuri.

Amble, United...
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10. Re: Delicious greek tea as a gift

many of the 'local products' ships will sell dictamos tea, I was told by a gentleman in Kalamaki to boil it in a muslin bag or tea ball for less than 3 minutes as it becomes bitter if boiled for too long and loses some of its restorative properties xxx

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