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The variety of herbs in Greece and their cultivation

Thyme, oregano, bay leaves, sage and many other spice and tea herbs are well known to us all. They are all classic Greek herbs.  

Greece's flora boasts almost 3,000 medicinal and aromatic plants!

The diverse geology and the regionally very different climate are the habitat for around 6,000 different plants. Around 1,200 species, one in five plant species in Greece, only grow here.

2,994 plants are catalogued as medicinal and aromatic plants in Greece.

Modern agriculture makes it possible to grow herbs in non-native areas.

 

However, the small but significant difference between herbs from native and non-native cultivation areas is documented in their flavour and ingredients.

Cultivation and harvesting areas

In Greece, there is a wide variety of tea and spice herbs, the organic cultivation of which has fortunately increased significantly in recent years.

The herbs have very different requirements in terms of soil, climate and location. The climate and soil conditions guarantee optimum quality. Professional cultivation, harvesting, drying and storage are essential.

The cultivation and harvesting areas extend across the whole of Greece, from high slopes down into the valleys.
The soil conditions and the respective microclimate are decisive factors.

For this reason, smaller plots are also cultivated on the edges and slopes, which do not allow mechanical harvesting and require time-consuming manual labour.

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