Crocus (saffron)

Crocus is a genus in the family Iridaceae. Saffron Crocus grows to 20–30 cm (8–12 in) and bears up to four flowers, each with three vivid crimson stigmas, which are the distal end of a carpel. Together with the styles, or stalks that connect the stigmas to their host plant, the dried stigmas are used mainly in various cuisines as a seasoning and colouring agent. Saffron, long among the world's most costly spices by weight, is native to the Zagori region of Northwestern Greece. The Pindus Mt. slopes turn purple in fall when the flower blooms.

Greek: κρόκος Crocus is a genus in the family Iridaceae. Saffron Crocus bears up to four flowers, each with three vivid crimson stigmas, which are the distal end of a carpel. Together with the styles, or stalks that connect the stigmas to their host plant,…

Crabapples

Crab apples collected from a forest close to the villages of Vitsa and Monodendri

Greek: άγρια μήλα The crab apple was the most important ancestor of the cultivated apple, over 6,000 varieties having been bred over the ages (over two-thirds now extinct). The timber of the crab apple is uniform in texture and if dried slowly, is excellent…

Greek mountain oregano

Formerly listed botanically as Origanum heracleoticum, Greek Oregano is one very spicy herb

Greek: ρίγανη Origanum vulgare subsp. hirtum (Greek oregano) is related to the herb marjoram, oregano also being known as wild marjoram. It is a perennial, although it is grown as an annual in colder climates, as it often does not survive the winter months. It…

Rose hips

Rose hips are particularly high in vitamin C content, one of the richest plant sources available

Greek: άγρια τριαντάφυλλα Among the most sought after forest fruit, such as blackberries, cornus mas and wild strawberries, that the forests of the National Park of Vikos-Aoos produce are the rose hips which abound in the area of Zagori. Rose hips are particularly high…