Pistacia lentiscus   Mastic Tree

Pistacia lentiscus flowers (Cyprus) Pistacia lentiscus whole (Cyprus)

P. lentiscus is found throughout the Mediterranean region and has been cultivated in some parts. The berry is round and black. It is the resin fom this shrub which was used in cooking in ancient times and is still used today in confections like Turkish delight.

LHS: Hills above Kyrenia, Northern Cyprus, 7th April 2004 RHS: Nera Ano Stallos, Crete 8th April 2007

Added on 8th February 2007, updated June 22nd 2011

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