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Mastiha: The Unique Mastic Gum of Chios People Call ‘White Gold’

Mastic, often referred to as the "Tears of Chios" or the "White Gold of Chios," is a product produced only on that particular Greek island. Since antiquity, this sticky resin, which seeps from the bark of mastic trees, has...

Can Chios Island's Mastic Resin Heal What Ails Humanity?

The beneficial effects of mastic gum, a resin produced by the Pistachio lentiscus tree on the Greek island of Chios, has spread worldwide. The iconic product from the beautiful island has attracted the interest of Frank Bruni, a columnist for...

Germans Drink More Ouzo, Greeks Opt for Tsipouro

Germans drink almost twice as much ouzo as Greeks, who now seem to turn to tsipouro; meanwhile ouzo exports to the Middle East are increasing, according to spirits industry data. Germany, has become the strongest ouzo importer in Europe in...

Government Explores Aid to Mastic Farmers Following Devastating Wildfire

On an official visit to the Aegean island of Chios, Rural Development and Foods Minister Vangelis Apostolou said the government will benchmark 500,000 euros to help promote and advertise mastic gum products following the devastating wildfire that swept through...

NASA Picture Shows Smoke from Chios Fire Reaching Crete

 NASA has released a satellite picture showing the smoke from the destructive Chios fire reaching all the way to south of Crete. The fire has destroyed the mastic trees in the villages of Elata, Vessa and Lithi. According to the president...

Chios Mastic Museum Opened Its Doors on June 11th

Located in Mastichochoria in Southern Chios, the Chios Mastic Museum sponsored by the Cultural Department of Piraeus Bank, opened its doors to the public on June 11th. The museum aims to educate the public on the production history, cultivation, and processing of...

Greek Dessert 'Submarine': A Flashback to Childhood Summers in Greece

It all started off as a traditional gesture of hospitality to guests. Someone stops by, you offer them a drink and a 'spoon sweet', which is a spoonful of sweet preserves made from nutritious fruits or figs, served on a spoon...

Make a Mastiha Cocktail and Win a Trip to Chios!

Local growers on Chios, the fifth largest of the Greek islands, are famous for their mastiha production. The plant, that only grows there, has been nurtured by these people for thousands of years. Mastiha World -- the growers' mastiha...

Police Forensic Science Uncovers Ancient DNA from Greek Shipwrecks

The analysis of ancient DNA is a new and powerful method for today's scientists to understand more about life thousands of years ago, according to an International Business Times UK report. Ancient Greek shipwrecks can provide valuable information of how...