Origanum Dictamnus (dittany of Crete, or diktamo), known in Cretan dialect Έρωντας (erontas, “love”, for it aphrodisiac properties), is a healing, therapeutic and aromatic tender perennial plant. It is indigenous on the greek island of Crete and grows wild in the famous Gorge of Samaria and other smaller gorges in the White Mountains as well as in the other mountain ranges of Crete including Mountain Dikti.
In Ancient Greece, Hippocrates prescribed dittany and other greek herbs to aid all kinds of illnesses and Aristotle and Theophrastus all extolled the virtues of the ‘miracle cure’ plant in various ancient writings.
• Enjoy on ice with a cool cucumber slice
Flavour / A cerebral and layered taste combining harmonically herbal profusion with fruity subtleness. It gives a firm and gently bitter mouthfeel, mimicking the sense of a ‘sweet velvet’ texture.
Aroma / Peaty richness contrasted with herbal freshness.