Greek Mountain Tea
Brew using boiling water and leave to infuse for 5 to 10 minutes
Greek Mountain Tea is a wonderfully unique herbal tea made from the Sideritis Syriaca plant. This herb grows in great abundance across mainland Greece and Crete, as well as numerous other Mediterranean regions and the Balkans. It flourishes particularly well in the mountains, and when brewed to perfection, this herbal tea will evoke strong images of vast ranges dotted throughout a beautiful, sun-kissed landscape.
This is a cut version of this traditional herbal tea, offering strong herbaceous flavours like no other. Greek Mountain Tea is for the adventurous side of you; the side that wants to travel the world, but likewise enjoys home comforts such as a nice, hot brew on the sofa! Bring to life the spirit of Greece with this remarkable beverage and reap the benefits of an improved immune system, as well as a greater protection against minor allergies. There has never been a better time to try this tea; so, what are you waiting for? Don’t settle for anything other than the best. Buy through The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company.
Greek Mountain Tea is known by many names. In the Greek language, it’s called ‘Malotira’ while other names include ‘ironwort’, ‘mountain tea’, and ‘shepherd's tea’. Its botanical name, ‘Sideritis’, can be translated to mean “he who is made of or has iron”. This is likely in reference to its ability to heal wounds created by iron weapons (hence the name ‘ironwort’).
Historians believe that both Greek Mountain Tea and Cretan Mountain Tea have been consumed since the 1st Century C.E. The renowned Greek physician, Pedanius Dioscorides, allegedly recommended its consumption for many ailments prevalent in ancient Greek society. However, it should be noted that little has changed today. Greek Mountain Tea remains a popular beverage for its health-promoting properties. Perhaps most interestingly, recent medical studies have suggested that this herb could, one day, combat some forms of cancer, and also cure or at least delay osteoporosis. While research is still in the preliminary stage, early results look promising.
And Sideritis Syriaca is not the only plant of its kind to be extensively studied in recent years, either. In fact, there are an estimated 150 different types of the Sideritis plant including ‘Sideritis raeseri’, ‘Sideritis euboea’, ‘Sideritis montana’, and, of course, ‘Sideritis scardica’ (the latter of which can be enjoyed with our very own Mountain Tea Sideritis Scardica Olympus Tea). Our Greek Mountain Tea, meanwhile, is collected for us by a famous shepherd called Herbal Gianni near the village of Kousses in Crete. We receive regular parcels of this wonderful tea so it is always very fresh, as well as being of the very finest quality.
Type of Tea: Greek Mountain Herbal Tea (Cut Variety)
Origin: The village of Kousses, Crete, Greece.
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water and infuse for 5 to 10 minutes.
How to Serve: This herbal tea is best served without any accompaniments.
Tasting Notes: The distinct herbaceous taste of our Greek Mountain Tea is unparalleled. This beverage boasts bold, fresh flavours with a smooth, almost minty aftertaste.
Colour in Cup: Vibrant yellow liquor, light in tone.
Health Benefits: According to an animal-based study published in the “Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology” in 2012, extracts made from Sideritis could help to lower blood pressure levels while also helping blood vessels to relax. The study measured arterial blood pressure and found that a dose of Sideritis extract led to blood vessel dilation. This, in turn, helped to lower blood pressure levels and reduced stress on the heart muscle. The results essentially established the true potential of Greek Mountain Tea, particularly when consuming it to improve cardiovascular health. Furthermore, other studies have indicated that Greek Mountain Tea has antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and even diuretic properties.
Health PointsAnti Oxidants, Detox, Refreshing, Relaxing, Weight Loss
Caffeine LevelDecaff (none)
Time of DayBreakfast, Lunchtime, Afternoon, Evening
CountryMore Than One Origin