From the Delphic priestesses to the legends of Ulysses, the noble Dáphne has often monopolized the interest of Greece’s mythological past but gods and oracles apart, this fragrant evergreen has also served as a cookery staple since antiquity. Beautiful and bright green, our bay leaves come from a small farm facing the Ionian Sea, where trees grow in an idyllic setting pretty similar to the one where god Apollo fell in love with the nymph Daphne!
Soups, sauces, stews and slow cooking: whatever fits in a large warm pot, loves bay leaves. An essential seasoning for lentils, bay leaves lend a subtle, balsamic taste to legume soups. Add a leaf in boiling water to season your pasta or try to crush a couple leaves with coarse salt and whole pepper using a mortar and pestle. This homemade spice mix is great for seasoning your roasts.
We couldn’t help but to fall under the spell and captivating charm of Daphnis and Chloe’s products! A few year ago, the company’s founder, Evangelia Koutsovoulou, devoted herself to discovering the best spices, herbs and herbal teas that her native Greece has to offer. Her research lead to the unearthing of a variety of unique products, some of the best that the Mediterranean has to offer, and which grow in distinct terroirs on smaller islands, as well as in farming areas in Northern Greece. All Daphnis and Chloe products are harvested on small, artisanal farms or gathered on mountain sides where they grow wild.