Chios Mastic Museum Opens, Celebrates Greek Nature’s Wondrous ‘Tear’

The mastic of Chios, its harvest and its secrets and techniques take middle stage due to a brand new museum which opened its doorways to the general public this weekend within the village of Pyrgi.

Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos inaugurated the museum, which is a part of the Piraeus Financial institution Group Cultural Basis’s Museums Community, and which goals to supply perception into mastic and its manufacturing. The venture has been budgeted at 6.700.000 euros.

Granted Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) standing and positioned by UNESCO on its Lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage, the pure resin of the mastic tree, often known as the “tear of Chios”, has been discovered to have a collection of medicinal qualities and well being advantages. The painstaking and expensive technique of harvesting and cultivating the resin is handed on from era to era via phrase of mouth primarily within the 24 southern villages of Chios often known as the “mastichohoria”, which depend on the manufacturing of the Pistacia lentiscus Chia selection and which now home the museum which goals to safeguard the unique-to-Chios process and product and lift consciousness of its significance. The harvest of mastic takes place from the start of July to the start of October. 

“Our homeland, in these attempting occasions, is in want of people that have energy and concepts. The Chios Mastic Museum initiative is a vital contribution not solely to our cultural heritage but in addition to regional growth,” mentioned Mr Pavlopoulos.

The inaugural occasion was attended by Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Hieronymus, Piraeus Financial institution President Michalis Sallas, Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis, MPs and MEPs.