The Dittany plant is indigenous to the island of Crete, where it has been steeped for centuries. Its fragrance is evocative of Mediterranean herbs such as thyme and oregano. This is an especially delicate herbal tea, little known outside its country of origin and is drunk mostly during the winter months. It is also occasionally used when cooking dishes composed of pulses or even to marinate meat. Dittany is also used in the making of certain Vermouths.
In its natural habitat, this plant grows in rocky terrain at high altitude. It is comparatively rare and as a result, must be protected and its harvest strictly controlled. Dittany is found in many areas of Greece, but the variety that grows on Crete is by far the most reputable. This product is cultivated, harvested and hand-dried on a small, family farm on the island.
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.