Greek Mountain Tea
Greek mountain tea - Sideritis scardica is one of the
most famous herbs of Greek nature, with many
beneficial properties. Its use as a traditional medicine
has been known since ancient years. The beverage of Sideritis is
preferred because of its beneficial effect on colds and infections
of the upper respiratory tract, and a recent research has shown
that it contributes to the fight against Alzheimer's disease.
Species of the genus Sideritis belong to the Lamiaceae
family of the order Lamiales. Wild populations of Sideritis spp.
thrive in mountainous areas of high altitudes, over 1000 meters, usually
on sunny slopes with a high inclination and a low content in nutrients.
Plants of this genus are adapted to grow in their natural environment,
so the selection of the appropriate habitat for cultivation is particularly
important. The location and conditions of the areas that can be used
for cultivation should be similar to those of their natural habitat
in order to keep the product quality. Under these conditions the
cultivated plants are less vulnerable to pests and diseases, and require
less input and cultivation practices. Thereby, organic farming
becomes more possible and economical.
source: Cultivation and utilization of "Greek mountain tea" (Sideritis spp.): current
knowledge and future challenges. Asian J Agric & Biol. 2019;7(2):289-299.