Mastic gum is harvested exclusively on the Greek island of Chios. The delicate resinous flavor of mastic gum can be used in sweets and desserts and for seasoning meat dishes.
The tree grows throughout the Mediterranean but it is only on the southern part of the Greek island of Chios where mastic trees can be hurt or scarred to release the tears of mastic gum. Mastic is commonly used in Greece and Turkey to flavor ice cream, desserts, Turkish delights and liqueurs. In the Middle East this fresh tasting gum is added sparingly to meat and poultry dishes. Spice Trekkers use mastic in Ras el Hanout and Thousand and One Nights spice blends.