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Mastic Gum

 Add a little mastic to a plain cake. 

Mastic Gum

Gum mastic is the resin produced by the mastic trees in the southern areas of the Aegean island of Chios. Although these trees grow throughout Greece and the Mediterranean, this aromatic crystal is unique to the mastic trees in this specific area. 

Mastic became known in Greece through its use in chewing gum, of which it is a main flavoring ingredient. 

Mastic is used mainly in sweets, for making holiday breads and liqueurs. 

Modern research appears to confirm a range of beneficial properties which has made the spice increasingly popular. It's now also being used outside the kitchen for cosmetic and medicinal purposes. 
 
  
oranges, lemons, cakes, custards, sweetened breads, donuts

The "submarine" is an old-fashioned taffy-like sweet especially popular among younger Greeks. Make your own by bringing to boil 1/2 cup water and 500 gr. sugar until the mixture is thick enough to coat a spoon. Add 2 tsp. lemon juice and remove from heat. Stir in 1 tsp. mastiha crushed into a powder. Transfer to jar and let cool. Serve by the teaspoon in a glass of very cold water. 
Chios mastic helps ease stomach pain? 

Mastiha liqueur is traditionally served after a large meal to aid digestion. Recent studies suggest that the natural compounds in Chios mastic not only offer relief from bloating but may even help avert peptic ulcers. 

MASTIC GUM
(5 gr.)
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