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Mastiha (mastic) is the sap of the mastic tree (pistacia lentiscus bush, an evergreen) that grows in the Greek island of Chios. Although the tree grows in other areas of the Mediterranean, only on southern Chios is the mastic trees produce this aromatic sap with all its wonderful properties. The mastic sap is sun-dried into pieces of brittle, translucent resin, known as tears. When the medium size crystals are chewed, the resin softens and becomes a bright white and opaque gum. It has been known since the ancient times (Hippocrates) for its healing and therapeutic properties for digestive problems its use as the first natural chewing gum and as a cooking spice.
As a spice,
Mastiha are available on all supermarkets in Greece and Greek and Middle Eastern food stores outside Greece, as well as online.
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