Kritamo (crithmum maritimum or in English rock samphire) is an ancient and valuable ingredient in the diet of the coastal peoples of the Mediterranean, first discovered by the ancient Greeks. It evolved as a plant that survives in extreme conditions, thus developing a unique and valuable for health, cocktail of ingredients.
According to the latest findings of scientists:
100 grams of kritamo cover the daily dose we need of vitamin C.
Kritamos leaves are rich in polyunsaturated omega-3 and omega-6 fats
The plant extract has strong antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, and vasodilator action.
Its chlorogenic acid content is the best ally in the fight against obesity.
It contains kinic acid, an important phenolic compound used in the manufacture of Tamiflu, a drug that treats the flu.
It is a natural insect repellent and stimulates milk production.
Ethra Cycladic Farm has been operating in Syros since spring 2014 as an organic certified cultivating unit. The particular microclimate of the Cyclades, with drought, hot sun, brackish waters, sandy soils, and strong winds, led to the choice of sea fennel, or criste marine, or rock samphire (Lat. name: Crithmum maritimum). Originally launched on a 6 acre site and since 2016 it has expanded to a total of 11 acres. Rock samphire as a native, aromatic, medicinal plant is a valuable ingredient of the Mediterranean diet. Its leaves are a rich source of vitamins C, E and K, which help stimulate the immune system and provide antioxidant activity. It contains a similar composition to olive oil, yet iodine, and sodium, while its high content in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids helps regulate metabolism while also having anti-aging action. Our partnership with award-winning chef Vasilis Kafaloukos began and evolves under a common vision: to create unique handmade - nutritional value products, designed to meet the demands of high gastronomy and modern aesthetics. After two years of research and laboratory testing, we have created products based on the criterion that combines pure - finest ingredients with high quality and the art of sophisticated organic gastronomy. The experiential relationship, harmony with the natural environment and the need to protect it, all express our values. Creating products which highlighting the “fruits” of the Cycladic land is our passion