Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)

Lemon balm (Melissa ofocinalis)

Lemon balm is a herb known since ancient times for it’s appetizing and relaxing properties, with many culinary uses. It has a characteristic fragrance that reminds us of citrus fruits owing to cytosole and citronellal essences. It’s content of linoleol delivers an aroma with some hints of lilies, while we…

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Edible flowers at Rediviva

edible flowers collected daily

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Every morning we collect organically grown edible flowers from our garden at Chortiatis in order to serve them cooked or raw in our cooperative restaurant Rediviva. The culinary use of flowers dates back thousands of years to the Chinese, Greek and Romans. In the traditional Greek cuisine zucchini flowers are…

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Borago officinalis, the herb of joy in our kitchen

“I Borage, I always give courage” wrote the great botanist John Gerard in 1597. Earlier in the 15th century in Crete, monk Agapios wrote that “you eat it and become goodhearted”. Similarly John Evelyn, in 1699, mentioned that “the virtues of Borage are well-known for refreshing the hypochondriac and ameliorating…

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