What is mountain tea?


The name reveals something: Tea for drinking and the plant grows on the mountains.

The name "mountain tea" causes immediately associations with the few connoisseurs: "Greek mountain tea".
A Austrian food book (Codex alimentarius Austriacus) describes it in such a way in the section "tea-similar products": "Greek mountain tea consists of the dried, aboveground parts of Sideritis scardica, collected at the bloom time. Sheets and stacks are aromatic." Here we meet a new name: Sideritis. Sideritis is the surname. But: Is mountain tea the Sideritis Scardia?
In www.traffic.org (Europe's Medicinal and Aromatic Plants) you can read: "Mountain tea has become very fashionable in Germany recently, and is found in a wide variety of shops. The herb is sometimes advertised as "a special tea prepared according to the traditiona of the herdsman in the southern mountains of Greece". The herb is sold cut, or sometimes even whole, the more latter making identification much more easier: S. scardica and S. syriaca were detected in German retail trade (pers. observ.). Recently, a futher species was found, S. dichotoma, a north-west and north Anatolian endemic."
If you think now that the plant family Sideritis is Greek and/or Turkish, then you are wrong! The mountain tea is a tea from the Mediterranean area. Neither Greek, nor Turkish nor Spanish etc..
In www.traffic.org (Europe's Medicinal and Aromatic Plants) it says about Sideritis: "pharmaceutical and trade names: Sideritis herba (Latin); Mountain tea (EN); Greek mountain tea (Ge). The genus Sideritis is distributed in southern Europe and Asia Minor. About 100 different species can be distinguished. This genus includes annuals, herbaceous perennials and shrubs. Sideritis shows two centres of diversity… Spain and … Turkey…
We do not cut the mountain tea -we offer no cut commodity. The identity remains with our products; as whole plant packed in transparent packing. We know that consumers prefer tea-bags and similar. We do not do that. We supply the plants in transparent packages with many colors and forms.

Our partner

Our partner in Antalya, the T.A.B.O.T company (Týbbi Aromatik Bitkiler ve Organik Tarým : medical aromatic plants and biological organic cultivation) provides for the assortment and the packing. After the picking and drying of the herbs by the local pickers, the herbs are read out by the employees of the company T.A.B.O.T two times and packed by manual work. The packing in transparent foil makes the personal examination of the sort purity possible. No additives or flavours are used, the plants are only packed.
The tea offered by the company T.A.B.O.T. are certified after the EC regulation 2092/91 (organic commodity from controlled wild collection).
The partner of the company T.A.B.O.T., Mr. Sedat Peker, is active in the range of the pharmacy wholesale and Mr. Ertugrul Özbilen is a pharmacist in Antalya. The company T.A.B.O.T. collected experiences in this area for 6 years.
The AYTEM GmbH has the rights of distibution for the T.A.B.O.T company in Europa.

In the mediterranean area different sorts of the Sideritis are picked traditionally in free nature by farmers and herdsman and sold and drunken without further differentiation than mountain tea. However some sorts are also cultivated. One can cultivate it also in the flat country and/or on fields. We offer only mountain tea from controlled wild collection on high mountain-slopes, where the Sideritis is at home.

The family of Labiatae is rich in ethereal oils (e.g.-probably-smelling Monoterpene, bitter materials with diterpene and materials with triterpene) and flavonoide. Not only the blooms, but also the stacks and the sheets contain these materials. You can find more details on ethereal oils of the respective sort on the description.

The mountain tea is a delicious herb tea. It tastes and one does not have to be not ill, in order to enjoy it. Mountain tea has fallen into oblivion after the triumphant advance of black tea in the last 60-70 years in Turkey. However, in these days it experiences a renaissance. A tea completely without tein, serving for the relaxation after an arduous day.




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In the mediterranean area different sorts of the Sideritis are picked traditionally in free nature by farmers and herdsman and sold and drunken without further differentiation than mountain tea. However some sorts are also cultivated.One can cultivate it also in the flat country and/or on fields. We offer only mountain tea from controlled wild collection on high mountain-slopes, where the Sideritis is at home.

The family of Labiatae is rich in ethereal oils (e.g.-probably-smelling Monoterpene, bitter materials with diterpene and materials with triterpene) and flavonoide. Not only the blooms, but also the stacks and the sheets contain these materials. You can find more details on ethereal oils of the respective sort on the description.

The mountain tea is a delicious herb tea. It tastes and one does not have to be not ill, in order to enjoy it. Mountain tea has fallen into oblivion after the triumphant advance of black tea in the last 60-70 years in Turkey. However, in these days it experiences a renaissance. A tea completely without tein, serving for the relaxation after an arduous day.

 

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On the following pages you can find landscape photographs from the Taurus Mountain (taken: eastern of Antalya). In the pictures you can recognize different mountain tea places.
The mountain tea is picked in free nature in southern Turkey on the high country of Antalya. There are the high mountain-slopes of the Taurus mountains, faraway from roads and motor traffic, no industrial …. >>>>
The name reveals something: Tea for drinking and the plant grows on the mountains.

The name "mountain tea" causes immediately associations with the few connoisseurs: "Greek mountain tea".
A Austrian food book (Codex alimentarius Austriacus) describes it in such a way in the section "tea-similar products": "Greek mountain tea consists of the dried, aboveground parts of Sideritis scardica...>>>>

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