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Object of Desire: Herbal Tea in a Planter from Greece

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Object of Desire: Herbal Tea in a Planter from Greece

April 17, 2017

The three young founders of Rhoeco, a new line of organic herbal teas from Greece, would like you to enjoy their organic herbal infusions—and to grow some of the ingredients yourself, too.

Harry Kazas, Katerina Chatziangelaki, and Vaya Mitsiou met as agricultural science students at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. They all went on to the UK for post-grad studies in organic food production systems, among other subjects, where they brainstormed about ways to return home and put their knowledge to work. Which explains why their Thessaloniki-based company is about more than just a good cup of tea. Take a look at what they came up with.

Photography via Rhoeco.

Rhoeco&#8\2\17;s tisanes come in reusable (and biodegradable) containers with a lining made of PLA (a cornstarch-based plastic). &#8\2\20;We discovered them at Biofach, the world&#8\2\17;s leading trade fair for organic food,&#8\2\2\1; says Katerina. &#8\2\20;It was instant crush.&#8\2\2\1;
Above: Rhoeco’s tisanes come in reusable (and biodegradable) containers with a lining made of PLA (a cornstarch-based plastic). “We discovered them at Biofach, the world’s leading trade fair for organic food,” says Katerina. “It was instant crush.”
Rhoeco offers five loose-leaf herbal tea blends made from whole herbs, flowers, and berries. Sea, shown here, contains lemon balm, chamomile, lavender, and tilia (also known as linden).
Above: Rhoeco offers five loose-leaf herbal tea blends made from whole herbs, flowers, and berries. Sea, shown here, contains lemon balm, chamomile, lavender, and tilia (also known as linden).

All ingredients are grown in Greece: the company works with a number of small family-owned organic farms. “We promote our natural heritage by choosing among an abundance of indigenous herbal species,” write the owners. “We use environmentally responsible cultivation methods. And we ensure fairness at all levels for everyone involved. This is how we understand life.”

Other blends contain rose hip, mallow, fennel, sage, penny royal, and more. Each container comes with a seed stick affixed to the inside of the lid.
Above: Other blends contain rose hip, mallow, fennel, sage, penny royal, and more. Each container comes with a seed stick affixed to the inside of the lid.

Rhoeco’s great-looking package design and website is the work of Athens studio We Design.

 The sticks contain organic seed mixes of chamomile, mallow, sage, lemon balm, and hyssop affixed with a natural glue. Rhoeco&#8\2\17;s planting and drying instructions include how to make a tisane and couldn&#8\2\17;t be simpler.
Above: The sticks contain organic seed mixes of chamomile, mallow, sage, lemon balm, and hyssop affixed with a natural glue. Rhoeco’s planting and drying instructions include how to make a tisane and couldn’t be simpler.

The seed stick mixes were selected for success: “The reason we didn’t include all the 17 herb species we use in our blends is that they don’t all have the same sprouting ability,” Katerina tells us,
“and we wanted people to have the best possible results. So far, we’ve managed to germinate three different species from one stick.”

 When the seedlings reach a height of 3 t0 4 centimeters, they can be moved to a bigger planter or to a garden, container and all. Rhoeco&#8\2\17;s teas are sold throughout Europe—and the company hopes they&#8\2\17;ll be coming to the US soon. In the meantime, find a list of online sellers here.
Above: When the seedlings reach a height of 3 t0 4 centimeters, they can be moved to a bigger planter or to a garden, container and all. Rhoeco’s teas are sold throughout Europe—and the company hopes they’ll be coming to the US soon. In the meantime, find a list of online sellers here.

Ready to grow your own? No tea necessary. Go to DIY: Instant Indoor Herb Garden.

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