Edesma

Gifts of Greek Nature

Edesma (Έδεσμα) in Greek is used to describe a luscious meal or a dessert and its root word is Edo (Έδω) which means here. Edesma contains organic goods picked and created with love and attention by very small, local producers from all around Greece. It contains no plastic and all packaging is from recycled and 100% recyclable materials.

Oregano

Origin

Vasilis has been growing oregano for almost 7 years, in a village of less than 2000 people, called Katouna Xiromerou. Xiromerou in Greek means "dry place" and rightfully so, as it sits amphitheatrically between mountains and has almost no natural springs. It's hard to imagine, yet, such an aromatic and flavourful plant can grow in the driest and rockiest of environments. 

How to store

Our carton boxes will sufficiently protect your oregano from moisture and will keep it fragrant and tasty for up to 1 month. If you have the option, we recommend transferring the oregano or any other dried herb into a glass jar, or resealable container which will allow you to store it for over a year.

How to use

The easiest and one of our favourite ways to use oregano is to simply sprinkle it over a salad or some roasted vegetables. It goes great in almost any sauce especially in tomato sauces such as our Secret Tomato Pasta Sauce and you'll find plenty of it in our Vegan Moussaka Recipe.

Mountain Tea 

Origin

Spiros left his full-time job in the corporate world to follow a path that would bring him closer to nature and to himself. He took over his grandads abandoned land in Menalo (Alpine Region) of Arkadia in the Peloponnese. For the last 3 years he has been handpicking Greek Mountain Tea (Olympus Strain) which has been growing there naturally by the power of the sun and the rain. It is a mild yet uniquely flavourful plant which is also simply beautiful.

How to store

You can leave the mountain tea tied up, in the paper bag and it will keep it's flavour for over a month, or you can brake it down into smaller pieces and store it in a glass jar for over a year without losing any of its aroma or flavour. Make sure to keep the stalks as they are equally as yummy as the flowers.

How to use

The method recommended by Spiros himself goes like this: Take around 2 stalks of mountain tea per cup of tea, brake them up and place them in a pot with cold water. Bring the water to a boil and 30-60 seconds later (depending on how strong you like your tea) turn the heat off. Let sit in the pot for 3 to 6 minutes, strain and serve hot.

Sage

Origin

For over 7 years Nikos has been passionately looking after his land in Polliracho Kozanis. He began by growing oregano and mountain tea, later he found seeds of an old strain of Sage which has since been his most loved plant to grow. We tried it, and fell in love with its unique flavour as well as its ability to sooth body and mind.

How to store

We suggest that you transfer the sage from the bag into a glass jar or a resealable container to preserve its wonderful smell and flavour.

How to use

Sage is an extremely useful plant. You can use it in food, you can drink it as a tea or even burn it as an incense. It goes great with white, creamy sauces and it's awesome with gnocchi. You can also simply boil some water and leave it in for 2 to 6 minutes or carefully burn it, in order to get rid of smells and to clear any stagnant energy in your space.

Dried Figs

Origin

Greece is most famous for its beautiful beaches, good food and warm sun. One thing not a lot of people know is that Greece is one of the biggest exporters of figs. The climate and soil are ideal for fig trees to produce large amounts of delicious and sweet figs. Kyrios (Mr) Kostas has been looking after his 2 acres of fig trees for almost 15 years now yet he's focused solely on the quality and taste of his product rather than trying to get the most out of each tree.

How to store

Our small carton box will keep your figs beautiful and yummy for almost 3 weeks. If by then, you still have some left - which I doubt you will - you can store them in the fridge just to protect them from unnecessary heat. They won't go bad they might just crystallise and harden a bit.

How to use

These dried figs can be eaten so easily as a snack, alone or together with some nuts. We love to chop them up and add them in salads or blend them up with some tahini and nuts to make the healthiest and most delicious nut bars.

Sea Salt

Origin

"Producing good quality, pure, sea salt is becoming harder every day and soon may be impossible, due of course to all the micro plastics and chemicals found in our sea water" mr Pierros told us. Yet he has been working hard on advancing a device made by his father almost 20 years ago which not only cleans the sea water before it dries into crystals but also gently washes the salt flakes without melting or destroying them. For them, sea salt is the essence of life. These gorgeous white flakes come from Pyrgos Dirou in Mani, in northern Greece.

How to store

Without any plastic or glass it's hard to fully protect such a moisture sensitive ingredient which is why we highly recommended transferring your sea salt flakes into a clean and completely dry glass jar.

How to use

We're sure you have plenty of ways to use sea salt yet we'd like to suggest a couple of things. Firstly, use a grinder or pestle and mortar before adding it to anything you won't be cooking any longer in order to avoid bitting into the bigger chunks of flakes. Secondly, it's a very Greek & Italian thing to do, but dipping fresh bread in a bowl of olive oil, sea salt and balsamic is simply amazing.

Olive Oil

Origin

Greece is the land of olive oil, and anywhere you go you'll be able to find high quality Greek olive oil. This is why we tried to find something you might not be able to find elsewhere. Marios and Thomas took over their grandparents' olive grove and stone olive press in Valanio, Corfu, almost 10 years ago. Since then they have been working towards "awakening" the olive trees and producing olive oil, the likes of which you've never tried before.

How to store

As long as you keep the bottle out of direct sunlight and very high heat, there's nothing else to worry about. Glass bottles are the safest and best way to keep your olive oil fresh and flavourful 

How to use

In Greece olive oil is used in pretty much anything people cook and eat. It's used in frying, in soups, salads, dips and baking. However, we don't recommend cooking with this specific extra virgin olive oil. If heated on high heat it will loose all its flavour and nutritional benefits. If you'd like to use olive oil in a hot meal, we suggest adding it in the end, just before serving. The best way to use it is in salad dressings and cold dishes. 

Tote bag

Origin

The only product on our list that doesn't come from Greece is this bag. We looked everywhere we could -within Greece- to find recycled cotton tote bags that where sturdy enough and of good quality and unfortunately no one did it. However, we managed to find a pretty small scale factory in Sarangpur, India that have been manufacturing planet-friendly, sustainable products since 2007. 

How to wash

Due to its recycled material, the bag is sensitive to hot water and might shrink if washed. We recommend either hand washing the bag in cold water with minimum detergent or you can place it in the washing machine with similar colours and cold wash, again using the least amount of detergent.

How to use

We chose this bag for its amazing build quality and carrying abilities It's build to last and made to carry heavy loads, so fill it with your favourite books, gadgets and snacks and you're good to go.

Soap

Origin

There's a beautiful small island in the Aegean sea called Tinos which stands out from most other islands in the Aegean because of its many natural springs. There you'll find a wonderful woman called Georgia who founded and runs a small soap making facility called Ena Karo. With love towards the human skin as well as the environment, they hand-make natural soaps for all types of skin and for every taste.

How to store

We believe you won't be storing these for very long as they are so wonderful to use every single day but just in case you put it aside and forget about it, make sure it sits somewhere dry and out of direct sunlight. Once you start using it try to keep it in a soap holder with holes at the bottom such as Chiaras Unique pieces, so that it keeps its form and lasts longer.

Details

Miss Rose is a rosy soap. Loaded with dried rose petals and full of moisturizing ingredients such as Shea butter, Almond oil, Castor oil, Sunflower oil, Coconut oil and of course Greek Olive oil, this is the absolute soap for dry skin. It also contains pink clay, famous for its firming and toning elements that improve connective tissue & therefore is perfect for mature skin.
Essential oils of nourishing Geranium, toning Orange, calming Ylang Ylang & rich Patchouli, will enhance the wonderful properties of this soap, letting your skin smell more rosy than ever.

Cookie is a cocoa butter soap.
Full of this nourishing ingredient and cocoa powder it is the sweetest way to treat your skin the best way you can.
Accompanied with rich Castor oil, this soap has a stable and creamy lather which will leave you skin pampered & soft, smelling like a yummy cookie with the help of cinnamon, clove and orange essential oils.

Poppy is a soap designed for mild exfoliation with the help of poppy seeds. Loaded with rich vegetable oils, such as Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter, protects your skin from irritations. It also contains pink clay to contribute to the mild exfoliation. This delicate clay has firming and toning elements that improve connective tissue & therefore is perfect for mature and thin skin. The floral yet light combination of essential oils in Poppy, will also provide you with a complete aromatherapy experience with Ylang Ylang Bergamot & Lavender.

Argy is a soap loaded with green clay which is well known for its ability to absorb and remove impurities from the skin, stimulate blood flow, creating a healthy and glowing skin. It also contains a great amount of Shea Butter to balance the dryness that green clay might cause. Its essential oils combination of rosemary, lavender and tea tree enhances the properties of this soap, making it excellent for oily skin and skin with acne.

Argy is a soap loaded with green clay which is well known for its ability to absorb and remove impurities from the skin, stimulate blood flow, creating a healthy and glowing skin. It also contains a great amount of Shea Butter to balance the dryness that green clay might cause. Its essential oils combination of rosemary, lavender and tea tree enhances the properties of this soap, making it excellent for oily skin and skin with acne.