The Kontou siblings and the story of Throubi & AKRORIA – Ikaria
Through Throubi Liza and Andreas promote their production of cultivated and wild, local herbs and aromatics. However the shop also hosts many other products from local producers of Ikaria, but also other Aegean islands.
An ecologically friendly philosophy is characteristic for the people of Throubi, whose herbs and aromatics are all certified organic. Impressively enough, this holds true even for the wild herbs and aromatics which are foraged from the mountain and forest of Ikaria. Foraging is done always under the supervision of the local forestry department, in order to guarantee there is no overharvesting. When done right and most importantly in an ethical way, wild harvesting is actually beneficial to the ecosystem.
Through this process of wild harvesting, the siblings are reviving the old custom of collecting wild herbs and knowing their uses, which has been a key part of the Ikarian life traditionally. With Ikaria being one of the 5 Blue Zones, the traditional Ikarian lifestyle is surely one to take example from. This revival is the focus of AKRORIA their new line of products. Among these, are fiskouni, a type of local wild mint which elderly locals use as a breakfast tea and many other local herbs like mallow, which have recently been introduced widely to gastronomy but have been known to the locals since always.
Liza and Adreas want you to be sure of one thing: “there is no chance we would sacrifice the environment for profit”. This is one of the many reasons we couldn’t be prouder for them to be part of our Aegean Cargo Sailing Producers Network.
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