The variety of herbs in Greece and their cultivation
We are all familiar with thyme, oregano, bay leaves, sage and many other spices and tea herbs.
They are all classic Greek herbs.
Greece's plant world boasts almost 3,000 medicinal herbs and spice plants!
The varied geology and the regionally very different climate are the habitat for about 6,000 different plants. About 1,200 species, every fifth plant species in Greece, only grows here.
2,994 plants are cataloged in Greece as medicinal and aromatic plants.
Modern agriculture enables the cultivation of herbs even in non-native areas. But the small but significant difference between herbs from native and non-native growing areas is documented in the taste and ingredients.
growing and harvesting areas
In Greece there is a great variety of tea and spice herbs, the organic cultivation of which has fortunately increased significantly in recent years.
The herbs have different demands on soil, climate and location. The climate and soil conditions guarantee optimal quality. Professional cultivation, harvesting, drying and storage are essential.
The cultivation and harvesting areas extend all over Greece, from high slopes down to the valleys. The decisive factors here are the soil conditions and the respective microclimate.
For this reason, smaller plots are also cultivated on the outskirts and on slopes, which do not allow mechanical harvesting and require time-consuming manual work.