Mountain tea, formally know as Sideritis scardica, is endemic to the Balkan Peninsula (especially Bulgaria, Greece and Albania). Depending on which mountain the tea grows, the tea will have a different aroma and profile of plant compounds.
The most famous mountain tea from Bulgaria, the Mursalski Trigradski Tea, originates from the Rhodope Mountains above the small village of Trigrad (640 inhabitants) and Muğla in the Musalitsa region in southern Bulgaria, along the border with Greece. The sideritis belongs to the red category of endangered plants and can only be harvested under certain conditions.
Our original Mursalski Trigradski Tea grows in its natural habitat at 1,800m above sea level (the tea is grown at elevations above 1,500m). Exclusively the seeds of wild, native mountain tea are planted on the mountain meadows. After planting, they are left in the nature to grow freely.
The tea is hand-harvested during the peak bloom period in July/August when the plant is richest in polyphenols. Only the upper stems and whole flowers are carefully selected and harvested. The pickings are then hung up to gently dry in the shade and are then packaged for Sunday. The process is as simple and natural as possible.
This tea is exclusively sourced from the above mentioned mountain fields about Trigrad. Sourced directly from the farmers.