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The Mastiha also called Mastic is a tears, a sap contained in the trunks of the tree of Mastic. When the tree is hurt, scratched, it cries tears of resins. This ancestral culture native of Chios continues today and asks for the same work craft. A legend tells us that the “mastiha” tree, or mastic, began crying when Saint Isidore was tortured because of his faith in Christianity. When they dried, the tears smelled like the mastic tree.
When tears pearl along the trunk, they stuff with typical Mediterranean oriental scents, we might hear cicadas! His olfactive wealth is doubled of a profusion of medicinal virtues. Hellenic’s doctor as Hippocrates already used it. Nowadays kitchen manager uses it to perfume their desserts.
Origin: the mastic is a Mediterranean tree native to the island of Kyos in Greece.
Plant: mastic is a small tree measuring about two meters high. The tree lives for approximately 100 years and can be exploited for production from its fifth year. It is a variety of pistachio tree; its twigs produce essential oil and its sap is highly prized for use in pastries. This raw material is used by the perfumer to add green, powerful and hot olfactive notes. The mastic was and still is used in medicine. As the saying goes, "mastic makes your life softer".
Production: production ranges from 4 to 5 kilograms depending on the shrub. Mastic essence is extracted from the bark of the tree.
Olfactory family: woody.
Olfactory notes: green, powerful, hot, leathery, coniferous.