Malotira (Siderites syriaca) - Crete mountain tea


One of the ‘mountain teas’, known throughout Greece. As a decoction, it is a diuretic, and an antidote to colds. In Crete, the name Malotirawas acquired in the Venetian period (Italian: male-illness + tirare-pull or drag). It grows in dry and barren places throughout the mountain ranges, where it is also an important fodder crop in the high Madara (= White Mountains: Madares being another name for the range). July is the month of its flowering, and collection.

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