Cretan Mountain Tea - Malotira
Cretan mountain tea or "Malotira" in the Cretan dialect, is part of the Sideritis (ironwort) genus and is native only to the mountain ranges of Western Crete.
"Malotira" in Latin means "to drive away the disease" ( from the words male & tirare) demonstrating its potency, while "Sideritis" in ancient Greek means "iron" from its use to treat wounds caused by iron objects. Soldiers drank it before the battle to increase their strength and stamina.
Sideritis plants thrived entirely in the wild on Crete's mountain ranges. Cretans have historically gathered and used Malotira plants in a variety of recipes and medical purposes. It blooms from the end of June to the end of July and harvested from May to August,
It is a caffeine-free tea with a citrusy flavor and herbaceous notes similar to chamomile, and a light, woody aroma.
Mountain Tea is beneficial for the heart, digestive, and immune systems. It has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial properties.
It is most commonly used to treat colds, sore throats, respiratory problems, indigestion, mild anxiety, and to reduce fever. Whenever you have a cold in Greece your granda will always come with a warm mountain tea with lemon and honey!
It is a great supplement to any daily routine, as well as a good alternative for individuals trying herbal or natural medicinal treatments for the first time.
- Heat the water to just the point when it starts to boil. You can let boil and leave it for 4-5 minutes.
- Add 1-2 teaspoons of loose tea for every 240ml of water.
- Pour the heated water (right off the boil) over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 7-10 minutes or longer.
- Lemon and honey make an excellent addition to this herbal tea
How to use
◉ 1-3 teaspoons of loose tea (or 3g up to 3 times) daily.
◉ Should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry place- to preserve the flavor, texture, and properties.
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