The Productive basis of our firm is located on the island of Naxos in Cyclades and in semi-mountainous areas of the municipality of Paeonia in central Macedonia. At present we cultivate in 100,000 m2 13 species of aromatic and medicinal herbs and 3 species of citrus fruits that we use in our blends.
The criteria for selecting our species were their natural spread at similar climate and territorial environments, the location of our fields and the suitability of soils.
The herbs we cultivate at present are Oregano (Origanum vulgaris hirtum), Sage (Salvia officinalis), Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), Thymeι (Thymus vulgaris), Mountain Tea (Sideritis Scardica), Mint (Mentha piperita), Lemon Verbena (Aloysia citrodora), Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea), Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium), Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis), St John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) and Hyssop (Hyssopus Officinalis), whereas the citrus species are orange trees, tangerine trees and lemon trees.
Harvesting, processing and packaging are carried out according to the best practices. The herbs are harvested exclusively by hand, in the suitable time period for each plant. Leaves and blossoms are dried within the same day in ideal conditions, so that they do not to lose their valuable bioactive substances.
Afterwards follows the processing stage, where we ensure the collecting of the desired parts of each plant with modern machinery and also the thorough cleaning of the final product at the desired size. After the last quality controls, packaging and storage are performed under controlled conditions in order to ensure optimised protection of the products.
All of our plants come from nursery with organic certification and our firm embodies at every step of production the criteria of EN ISO 22000:2005 Standard. Organic islands pursues the production of high quality products and therefore owns two units for processing and packaging fully equipped with custom-made machinery for drying, cleaning and packaging. We also have a distillery at the capacity of 600 litres.