Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)

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 can sense a fragrance of wild roses owing to the geraniol essence that it contains.

We cultivate it in our garden at Chortiatis and we use it in our cuisine either fresh, as it releases richer aromas compared to the dried version, or in marinades and especially in our particularly refreshing sauce which accompanies some of our dishes.

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