It’s interesting that while the Mediterranean basin is home to a large variety of aromatic plants, the finest rarely cross the narrow borders of their native lands. You could hunt for herbs at flea markets, spice stores and delis, but even your best finds wouldn’t compare to the hand-picked oregano bunches that Greek women dry on their balconies in the summer, or to the wild thyme shrubs that each spring fill up the islands’ air with their dainty fragrance.
The herbs of Daphnis and Chloe have been selected among hundreds: they come from the areas where they naturally perform better and it took years of tastings across the best-hidden corners of Greece to source them. The available quantities are limited, depending on how much each forager or producer was able to deliver. Here what matters is the genuine bounty that can only be encountered in the natural state of things.