Great Taste, the world’s most coveted food awards, which celebrates the very best in food and drink, has announced the Great Taste stars of 2017. Out of over 12,300 products to be judged, TOFILLO was awarded a 2-star Great Taste award, which means judges dubbed it outstanding for its MOUNTAIN TEA ”MALOTIRA”. What specialists said: ”Beautiful stems of flowers giving a bright, pale golden liquid. The stems have been carefully harvested and presented. A light and refreshing drink finishing on a light mintiness. A great example of mountain tea.”

Judged by over 500 of the most demanding palates, belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs and producers, as well as a whole host of food writers and journalists, Great Taste is widely acknowledged as the most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers. As well as a badge of honour, the unmistakeable black and gold Great Taste label is a signpost to a wonderful tasting product, which has been discovered through hours and hours of blind-tasting by hundreds of judges.

Smudging: How Burning Sage Actually Kills Bacteria In The Air & So Much More


Sometimes we wonder how to best reset our homes – but have you ever considered smudging?

Smudging – the ancient practice of burning sage and other herbs – has antiseptic, bacteria-killing properties. A 2006 study titled “Medicinal Smokes,” published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology found solid evidence for the benefits of smudging.Notes the abstract, “All through time, humans have used smoke of medicinal plants to cure illness. To the best of our knowledge, the ethnopharmacological aspects of natural products’ smoke for therapy and health care have not been studied. … The advantages of smoke-based remedies are rapid delivery to the brain, more efficient absorption by the body and lower costs of production.”

Using research from fifty different countries, the research team found “inhalation of smoke is typically used in the treatment of pulmonary and neurological disorders and directed smoke in localized situations, such as dermatological and genito-urinary disorders.” However, the key finding was that in those traditions, “ambient smoke is not directed at the body at all but used as an air purifier.”

follow-up paper was published in the same journal less than a year later, and found that“medicinal smoke reduces airborne bacteria.”

By observing the effects of “burning wood and a mixture of odoriferous and medicinal herbs”on the “aerial bacterial population” in a closed room for 60 minutes, researchers found 94 percent of the aerial bacteria were eliminated. As they noted in their findings, “The ability of the smoke to purify or disinfect the air and to make the environment cleaner was maintained up to 24h in the closed room.”

Ultimately, the research concluded that in addition to potential health benefits, smudging is a viable, and strong, antiseptic. The final sentence in the study’s abstract states, “We have demonstrated that using medicinal smoke it is possible to completely eliminate diverse plant and human pathogenic bacteria of the air within confined space.”

Additional research is necessary, but these two studies are a huge step forward in showing scientific evidence for smudging and other natural alternatives.

Many thanks to Alternative Media Syndicate for a great heads-up!


Our Malotira is cultivated at the heart of the plateau near the entrance to Samaria gorge, the longest and one of the most breathtaking gorges in Europe. The gorge has been recognised by the Council of Europe as a protected area of wild and unspoiled beauty and is one of the most important national parks in the country.


Cretan herbs are a great tradition of the island. Botanical studies have revealed that Crete has one of the richest and most interesting ecosystems in Europe, with a large number of endemic plants, such as “Malotira” and “Dittany”. The amazing herbs of Crete grow on the steep mountains of the island. Then, they are collected by experienced collectors, dried under natural conditions and packed in modern packaging, without any chemical or other treatment. In Crete today, there are numerous herbs that have been used since antiquity as medicinal plants. There are many texts of ancient authors referring to the exceptional therapeutic properties of Cretan herbs.

If you choose a location for your holidays in Crete, surrounded by nature, we would recommend you to go for hiking. In less than an hour, you will see most of the popular herbs described below. So, why not learn how they are and what properties do they present in order for you to be able to collect them?