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Chios Mastiha Tears Gum Greek 100% Natural Mastic
Gathered From The Mastic Growers Of Chios Island
Chios Mastiha is a unique product with many beneficial qualities and wide- ranging uses since antiquity.
Nowadays, it is used in pharmaceuticals, perfumes, cosmetics, beverages, bakery goods, sweets as well as in cooking. Chios Mastiha is the natural resin of Pistacia lentiscus var. Chia, a tree which grows only on the Aegean island of Chios, Greece.
Scientific research shows that Chios Mastiha has anti- microbial, anti- inflammatory, and healing activity. Also, it has beneficial effects on both body hygiene and skin care.
«Chios Mastiha: A tear that pleases, perfumes, relieves, heals!» Chios Mastiha is the name of a resinous sap produced from the mastic tree (Pistacia Lentiscus var. Chia). It is a natural, aromatic resin in teardrop shape, falling on the ground in drops from superficial scratches induced by cultivators on the tree's trunk and main branches with sharp tools. As it drips, this sap appears as a sticky and translucent liquid which, 15-20 days later, is solidified into irregular shapes influenced by the area's weather conditions in summertime, that is intense drought and sunlight. After being solidified, it has a crystal form, while its rather bitter taste quickly subsides to leave a distinctive aroma that really makes it unique. That solid product is then harvested and washed by mastic growers, giving us finally the natural Chios mastiha. Its colour is initially ivory-like but as time goes by, that shade is lost and 12 to 18 months later it changes into yellowish due to oxidation. It is made of hundreds of components, among which only 80 are contained in identifiable quantities. Such multitude probably justifies the multiple uses of Chios mastiha, in the fields of food industry, health and cosmetic care, worldwide. Chios Mastiha is a unique product with many beneficial qualities and wide- ranging uses since antiquity. Nowadays, it is used in pharmaceuticals, perfumes, cosmetics, beverages, bakery goods, sweets as well as in cooking. Chios Mastiha is the natural resin of Pistacia lentiscus var. Chia, a tree which grows only on the Aegean island of Chios, Greece. Scientific research shows that Chios Mastiha has anti- microbial, anti- inflammatory, and healing activity. Also, it has beneficial effects on both body hygiene and skin care. You can use mastic as ordinary chewing gum, or you can grind it into powder and use it as a natural medicine for peptic ulcers and general for stomach disorders.
20gr Small Tears
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I just got it today. What I got is different than the photo. The color is white. I buy MASTIHA all the time; however, this one is a off white. The Mastiha that I buy from local stores are yellow. Still for the benefit of the doubt I opened the bag and tried it. The taste is FAINTED TO NO TASTE at all. Update: 1-19-2016 I finally used it in cooking, and the taste was outstanding!!!! Also I read that "..Mastiha.'s natural colour is initially ivory-like but as time goes by, that shade is lost and 12 to 18 months later it changes into yellowish due to oxidation." so this product is fresh, and the one I have been buying is old. I will buy it again.
I bought this as a healthy alternative to chewing gum, and I will be buying more soon. If you're used to strong artificial chewing gum flavors, you will find this is very different. It tastes like ( because it is ) tree resin. The product arrived fresh, and in good condition, although it took a long time, all the way from Greece. It's a harder chew than standard soft chewing gums. I am an aggressive chewer; being hyper active, I enjoy chewing to help me think, so I like the added "resistance" of the texture of this gum. Some of the pieces are so fresh that they stick to my dental work, but after some chewing they settle down and don't stick any more. I did purchase another brand of much smaller pieces of Chios, and mixed a little with my Spry Xylitol gum, which worked out well. I love this so much that I don't mix it with the Xylitol gum any more. Although you might consider this gross - since it has it's own anti bacterial qualities - I often set it aside in a covered...
I can chew on these little nuggets for an hour. They have a mild piney flavor and they don't stick to my teeth or dental work. They are not gritty and I like that they are pure and simple. They help my digestion as well. And they shipped much faster than I expected.
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