The variety of herbs in Greece
Thyme, oregano, bay leaves, sage and many other aromatic and tea herbs are well known to all of us.
They are all classic Greek herbs.
Greece's flora can boast almost 3,000 medicinal herbs 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, every fifth plant species in Greece, grows only here.
2,994 plants are cataloged as medicinal and aromatic plants in Greece.
Modern agriculture enables herbs to be grown even in non-indigenous areas. But the small but essential difference between herbs from indigenous and non-indigenous growing areas is documented in their taste and ingredients.
Cultivation and harvest areas
In Greece there is a large variety of tea and spice herbs, the organic cultivation of which has fortunately increased sharply in recent years.
The herbs have different requirements in terms of soil, climate and location. The climate and the nature of the soil guarantee optimal quality. Professional cultivation, harvesting, drying and storage are essential.
The cultivation and harvesting areas extend over the whole of Greece, from high slopes down to the valleys. The soil properties and the respective microclimate are decisive here.
That is why smaller plots are cultivated on the edge and slope, these do not allow mechanical harvests and require time-consuming manual labor.