Learn about Greek Herbs

Herbs, an ancient old Greek treasure. In this paradise of ours, a small corner of the Mediterranean, Greek aromatic plants and herbs have been an invaluable natural treasure for thousands of years. Inscriptions of linear B of the Mycenaean and Minoan period, Homer’s epics, the writings of Hippocrates, Dioscorides and Theophrastus, folk songs and modern literature, are all full of frequent references, revealing the important role of herbs in the life of the Greeks at all periods of their history.

There exist more than 7.500 species and subspecies of herbs in Greece. Approximately 1.200 are endemic while about 20% are aromatic or medicinal plants. According to international references, Greece ranks third in the world in biodiversity, and among the top five countries with the greatest wealth of aromatic plants.

Wealth, quality and variety are all due to the geological history, climate, geographical location and variety of habitats in Greece. Greek herbs present remarkable quality standards (percentage in essential oils, ratio of active substances, etc.) that affect their taste and aroma and also their actions, especially when used for therapeutic purposes.

Organic farming further improves the quality of the extracted essential oils and other by-products of herbs, especially when grown in environmental conditions (soil, climate, altitude) similar to the habitat in which they naturally thrive. It is a fact that organic farming costs more as it requires more land and harder work for the same crop production compared to conventional nurseries. But the benefit to the environment and human health is not insignificant and we, at Anassa Organics, do invest in this benefit.