Mastic from Chios island: The miracle tear
Chios is the fifth biggest island in Greece, located in the north-east of the Aegean Sea. It is globally renowned since antiquity for its mastic or -as called in Greek- ‘mastiha’, originating from the mastic tree (Pistacia lentiscus var. chia), which only grows in the southern part of the island, in a region called ‘Mastihohόria’, meaning ‘the mastic villages’ in Greek. This is probably because of the soil composition and the especially warm and dry microclimate.