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Thymus capitatus is one the most common and popular herb in the Cyclades and the islands of the Aegean in general. Given its culinary and medicinal uses, as well as being a favorite of honey bees is also considered as an important one. This particular species of thyme blooms in summer, covering the mountains with its unique mauve-purple flowers. Low transpiration rate and its shape make it a highly drought resistant plant. The exquisite flavour of thymus capitatus comes from the leaves. Quality Thymus capitatus' flowers are very popular for their strong and distinctive aroma and are used in cooking and in drinks. Separating the leaves from the stems is a demanding hand work, but not as much as the process of harvesting and separating the flower, while keeping it intact.

Cycladic thyme (thymus capitatus)

cycladic sage

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Salvia Triloba, commonly known as Greek sage, is a perennial herb or sub-shrub. Located in all regions of Greece, especially in dry and rocky mountainous places, Greek sage has a strong aromatic odor and a long history of culinary use. While it is used for flavoring various dishes and vinegars, it is also considered as one of the most delicious herbal infusion.
Greek sage is very common in the Cyclades landscape. In spring, the mountains in Cyclades are covered by the purplish flowers of the herb. The women in Cyclades used to hang bouquets of sage in their patios. Today, hanging bunches of sage are common sight in traditional food products stores, while it appears regularly in gourmet dishes.

Cycladic sage (salvia triloba)

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Cycladic oregano

Native to Greece, Origanum onites is an oregano species growing in the Cyclades and the Aegean islands in general. Oregano is indigenous to sunny, hilly, medium in terms of soil fertility, rainfed areas. The tradition of using oregano is lost in the mists of time. In the Cyclades, oregano holds a leading role as food flavouring. The women collect the herb and dry them in a shady place. Then, they used to get together in one of their courtyards for the “ritual” το separate leaves from steams, go through them for bits of chaff before placing them in sealed jars and store them.
Oregano flavours roasts, marinates meats and fishes, spices up salads with its characteristic aroma and exceptional taste.

Cycladic oregano (Origanum onites)

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Common Sage

Salvia officinalis, or known as sage, makes herbal teas, food flavoring and herbal remedies. Commonly grown and harvested all over Greece, salvia officinalis is used in cooking to season gravies and flavour foods, while it is a herb particularly productive for bee honey. The strong and peppery flavor of the herb makes it ideal for seasoning meat, sausage, cheese, fish and seafood.

Common Sage (Salvia officinalis)

Rosemary
Member of the oregano group, marjoram is sweet and savory. A fine aromatic herb, which is used to make herbal teas and to add a delicate touch in cooking. Marjoram flavors perfectly meat and fish dishes. It is known for its aroma and gentle flavor.
Marjoram (Origanum majorana)
Rosmarinus officinalis, commonly known as rosemary, is a very popular herb in Greece. Native to the Mediterranean region, it is also widely grown in gardens for culinary and medicinal use. Rosemary is a hardy plant, needs little water and thrives even in rocky mountainous places or coastal areas. Suitable for growing in warm climates, it loves the dry climate. Rosemary has a pleasant aroma and spicy, mildly bitter, flavor. The aromatic leaves of the herb are used in many dishes, adding a unique flavor to roast recipes, herbal teas and beverages, as well as to confectionery.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Thyme
Perennial and herbaceous, known worldwide as Greek Oregano, origanum hirtum is considered the best in the world. The dry climate of the Cyclades Islands spices up the robust aroma and flavor of the Greek oregano, which is an essential seasoning in the Mediterranean diet and probably the most commonly used in the Greek cuisine.
Greek oregano (Οriganum Vulgare)
Thymus vulgaris or common thyme, is the best-known species of thyme. A low growing, wiry-stemmed perennial shrub, thyme is one of the top favourite herbs for the Greeks. Bee attractor, and a plant particularly productive for bee honey, is acknowledged as a herb which adds unique characteristics in honey.
Common thyme (Thymus vulgaris)

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Summer visitors see the Cyclades as rainfed islands. Minimalistic beauty, dazzling white and blazing sun. However, the truth is before our eyes. Cyclades rank among the richest places in biodiversity globally. The unique conditions of the Islands, meaning the glowing sun, the Aegean Sea breeze and strong winds, create an impressive wealth of herbs, containing outstandingly high levels of essential oils. Hence, the unexpected strong aromas, flavours and colours of the Cycladic herbs.

Herbs brand the lifestyle in Syros, the capital of the Cyclades island complex. They keep a leading role in the local cuisine, ceremonies and social events, remedies, decoration, and so many more. Working our land, enjoying our herbs, while appreciating their important part in our everyday life, we realized how lucky we were to live in such as blessed place. Thus, the idea of growing, collecting, drying and packaging our own herbs was born. In autumn 2012, we, a group of friends, founded the Cyclades Organics.

Moreover, we adapt plants from other places in Greece to our special climate. As a result, the biodiversity of our ecosystem alters the balance making the aromas stronger, the flavours more intense.

Loving and respecting nature, we marry tradition with modern expertise to cultivate our oregano, thyme, sage, rosemary, marjoram and aloe vera. We use traditional and natural ways as possible to grow, harvest, process and package our herbs. The authenticity and quality of our products as organic, as well as our procedure and practices meet the standards of the EU regulation.

But, we do not rest. We always experiment, in search for more.


Origanum onites (Oregano)
Native to Greece, Origanum onites is an oregano species growing in the Cyclades and the Aegean islands in general. Oregano is indigenous to sunny, hilly, medium in terms of soil fertility, rainfed areas. The tradition of using oregano is lost in the mists of time. In the Cyclades, oregano holds a leading role as food flavouring. The women collect the herb and dry them in a shady place. Then, they used to get together in one of their courtyards for the “ritual” το separate leaves from steams, go through them for bits of chaff before placing them in sealed jars and store them.

Oregano flavours roasts, marinates meats and fishes, spices up salads with its characteristic aroma and exceptional taste.


Greek oregano (origanum hirtum).
Perennial and herbaceous, known worldwide as Greek Oregano, origanum hirtum is considered the best in the world. The dry climate of the Cyclades Islands spices up the robust aroma and flavor of the Greek oregano, which is an essential seasoning in the Mediterranean diet and probably the most commonly used in the Greek cuisine.

Thymus capitatus or Coridothymus.
Thymus capitatus is one the most common and popular herb in the Cyclades and the islands of the Aegean in general. Given its culinary and medicinal uses, as well as being a favorite of honey bees is also considered as an important one. This particular species of thyme blooms late in summer, covering the mountains with its unique mauve-purple flowers. Low transpiration rate and its shape make it a highly drought resistant plant. The exquisite flavour of thymus capitatus comes from the leaves. Quality Thymus capitatus' flowers are very popular for their strong and distinctive aroma and are used in cooking and in drinks. Separating the leaves from the stems is a demanding hand work, but not as much as the process of harvesting and separating the flower, while keeping it intact.

Thymus vulgaris or common thyme.
Thymus vulgaris or common thyme, is the best-known species of thyme. A low growing, wiry-stemmed perennial shrub, thyme is one of the top favourite herbs for the Greeks. Bee attractor, and a plant particularly productive for bee honey, is acknowledged as a herb which adds unique characteristics in honey.


Greek sage (salvia triloba)
Salvia Triloba, commonly known as Greek sage, is a perennial herb or sub-shrub. Located in all regions of Greece, especially in dry and rocky mountainous places, Greek sage has a strong aromatic odor and a long history of culinary use. While it is used for flavoring various dishes and vinegars, it is also considered as one of the most delicious herbal infusion.

Greek sage is very common in the Cyclades landscape. In spring, the mountains in Cyclades are covered by the purplish flowers of the herb. The women in Cyclades used to hang bouquets of sage in their patios. Today, hanging bunches of sage are common sight in traditional food products stores, while it appears regularly in gourmet dishes.

Salvia officinalis or common sage.
Salvia officinalis, or known as sage, makes herbal teas, food flavoring and herbal remedies. Commonly grown and harvested all over Greece, salvia officinalis is used in cooking to season gravies and flavour foods, while it is a herb particularly productive for bee honey. The strong and peppery flavor of the herb makes it ideal for seasoning meat, sausage, cheese, fish and seafood.


Marjoram (Origanum majorana
Member of the oregano group, marjoram is sweet and savory. A fine aromatic herb, which is used to make herbal teas and to add a delicate touch in cooking. Marjoram flavors perfectly meat and fish dishes. It is known for its aroma and gentle flavor.



Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera has long been regarded as plant with healing properties. Indigenous to Africa, grows best in arid climates and in places where water supplies are poor. Aloe Vera is a gift of nature with therapeutic and cosmetic properties, earning the name “Plant of Immortality”. We, the farmers of Cyclades Organics, grow Aloe Vera and sell its leaves, but also its pups to aspiring farmers in order to propagate.

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Rosmarinus officinalis, commonly known as rosemary, is a very popular herb in Greece. Native to the Mediterranean region, it is also widely grown in gardens for culinary and medicinal use. Rosemary is a hardy plant, needs little water and thrives even in rocky mountainous places or coastal areas. Suitable for growing in warm climates, it loves the dry climate. Rosemary has a pleasant aroma and spicy, mildly bitter, flavor. The aromatic leaves of the herb are used in many dishes, adding a unique flavor to roast recipes, herbal teas and beverages, as well as to confectionery.

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