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Mastic | Chios

Updated: Oct 25, 2019

Mastic is a resin obtained from the mastic tree (Pistacia lentiscus). In pharmacies and nature shops, it is called "Arabic gum" and "Yemen gum".

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In Greece, it is known as the "tears of Chios", being traditionally produced on that Greek island, and, like other natural resins, is produced in "tears" or droplets. Originally a sap, mastic is sun-dried into pieces of brittle, translucent resin. When chewed, the resin softens and becomes a bright white and opaque gum. The flavor is bitter at first, but after some chewing, it releases a refreshing, slightly pine or cedar-like flavor. The word mastic is derived from the Greek mastichein "to gnash the teeth", which is the source of the English word masticate. The word mastic is a synonym for gum in many languages.

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