A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Mastica

June 15, 2017

Pistacia lentischi is a small tree or shrub that has very similar properties to the phoenician juniper (see below). In Greece the main product is the gum that is collected in late summer and used to flavour a spirit called mastica. This is the drink that has made the island of Chios famous. Here it is seen without flowers or berries.

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