Sunday, March 24, 2013
Flowering Pistacia Lentiscus
Pistacia lentiscus is a shrub or dioecious tree, with separate male and female plants, evergreen from 1 to 5 m high, with a strong smell of resin, growing in dry and rocky areas in Mediterranean Europe. It resists heavy frosts and grows on all types of soils, and can grow well in limestone areas and even in salty or saline environments, like it does in Menorca.
The aromatic, ivory coloured resin, also known as mastic, is used either as a flavouring or for its gum properties. People in the Mediterranean Area have used mastic as a medicine for gastrointestinal ailments for several thousand years.
More information about that plant and its uses at the Plants For a Future website