ADOPT CHIOS TREES
I am Lenia Ziglaki after a change in my professional career as an architectural- and 3d imaging- draughtswoman, I and my collaborator George Konstantelias, Chief Marine Engineer, decided to devote ourselves to Chios Mastiha- and Olive- tree cultivation
It was not an easy decision, as agricultural work is very hard. For the Chios Mastiha trees: pruning the trees; enriching the soil; weeding; spreading a covering of clean white clay under the tree; “kentos” (piercing the bark); washing the Chios Mastiha drops. For the olive trees: harvesting the crop; pressing it for oil. And so many other year-round tasks.
But having been brought up in a family of Mastiha-growers, it is not possible to forget the scented family house at the time of cleaning and washing the Mastiha. Nor can you forget your parents’ faces, which, you would think, are coloured by the toil of the Mastiha-cultivation, but, also, by their joy when they delivered their Chios Mastiha to the Chios Mastiha Growers Association.
So, in 2018 we set off with the weeding of my family fields in Mesa Didima, one of the 24 Mastiha- villages of Southern Chios. However, very soon, other people around us entrusted us with their own deserted fields. As they told us: “ to see again their trees take and give life”. It is a very powerful feeling when you see trees taken care of, well-groomed and ready to offer their fruit. And the people of Chios value this a lot!
In 2019 we created the project www.adoptchiostrees.gr, with the wish to introduce to you the wonderful world of the precious trees of Chios; Those trees that heal body and soul! The Chios Mastiha Trees!
Through the project www.adoptchiostrees.gr:
– You can adopt a Chios Mastiha Tree and receive, together with the Adoption Certificate, 50gr of natural Chios Mastiha as well as a photograph of your tree with the characteristic sign- board on it, specially designed for you;
– You can visit your tree and live a powerful experience of the cycle of the Mastiha cultivation.
WHY TO ADOPT CHIOS TREES?
To create roots connecting you to the unique Chios Mastiha Tree. A tree which offers the gift of the precious healing “tear” uniquely to Southern Chios. The Chios Mastiha! A national P.D.O product.
To strengthen the cultivation of Mastiha. A traditional cultivation, which has been included by UNESCO in the list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Adopt a Chios Mastiha Tree and enter a world full of aroma, tastes, but also of hard work.
Lenia Ziglaki – George Konstantelias