A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Turpentine Tree

Autumn again now on Symi. One of my favourite trees, the turpentine tree. The fruits are used in Cyprus for baking of a specialty village bread. In Crete, where the plant is called tsikoudia, it is used to flavour the local variety of pomace brandy, also called tsikoudia. In the Northern Sporades the shoots are used as a vegetable (called tsitsíravla). And of course turpentine, a well known paint thinners!

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