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    what is mastic?
    i have noticed it in Infusion d Iris

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    Mastic is a resin obtained from the mastic tree (Pistacia lentiscus). In pharmacies and nature shops, it is called "arabic gum" (not to be confused with gum arabic) and "Yemen gum". 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 liquid, it is sun dried into drops of hard brittle translucent resin. When chewed, the resin softens and becomes a bright white and opaque gum. The flavor is bitter at first, but after chewing, it releases a refreshing, slightly piney or cedar flavor.

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    You've answered your own question.

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    True mastic is one of the three ingredients of the excellent Mystra by Aesop.

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    We chew it like gum. Yum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hedonist222 View Post
    We chew it like gum. Yum.
    Isn't that the case in Lebanon and other places in the region aside from the UAE?

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    I haven't chewed it but i know it's used in the confection called Turkish Delight
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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    Isn't that the case in Lebanon and other places in the region aside from the UAE?
    Hi Hednic.

    Yes it is. All theway from the eastern most coast of Oman to probably right around the south east of Italy I would imagine.

    I bet you've tried it during your travels. Maybe even unaware.

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    I tried chewing it out of curiosity and I didn't find it yum at all. Very bitter. I must have had some crude stuff.

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    lol mumsy take care of your teeth .....so these would be like ecological chewing gums!

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    Try the liquor mastiha from skinos brand (made in Greece). True mastic flavor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mumsy View Post
    I tried chewing it out of curiosity and I didn't find it yum at all. Very bitter. I must have had some crude stuff.
    I'm not sure why. In its natural state, it's edible. Maybe yours was processed or simply old?

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    I will go and get another bit now....

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    Must be old. It's really crunchy now and it wasn't before... not as bitter as I remembered though.


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    Quote Originally Posted by hedonist222 View Post
    I'm not sure why. In its natural state, it's edible. Maybe yours was processed or simply old?
    I think only the mastic from Chios Greece is edible.

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    Sniff Indigo by Magnetic Scent - extremely mastic heavy - an incredible perfume.

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