Mastiha is a resinous sap produced from the trunk and branches of the mastic tree. Mastiha appears in teardrop shape among the scratches and falls to the ground in drops. When its flow is constant, the drop is big and rather soft, while a non-constant flow gives a small but harder drop. As a result Mastiha is available in three types: Large, Medium and Small.
Chios Mastiha is a unique product with many beneficial qualities and wide- ranging uses since antiquity. Nowadays, it is used in pharmaceuticals, perfumes, cosmetics, beverages, bakery goods, sweets as well as in cooking. Chios Mastiha is the natural resin of pistacia lentiscus var. Chia, a tree which grows only on the Aegean island of Chios, Greece. Scientific research shows that Chios Mastiha has anti- microbial, anti- inflammatory, and healing activity.
STATEMENT OF QUALITY: Pure gum mastic can only be found in products manufactured by the Chios Gum Mastic Growers Association (CGMGA). All other products are not endorsed by the CGMGA. Look for the logo on the packaging of our products.
Since 1997, Chios mastiha has been characterized as a Product of Protected Designation of Origin (PDO), on the basis of Regulation No. 123/1997 (L0224/24-1-97) of the European Union and it has been registered on the relevant Community List of PDO Products. According to the above regulation, Chios mastiha is protected from the sale of any competitive imitation product whatsoever that would undermine the reputation of the Designation of Origin.