Cistus Tea
Alpine Herbs

Super Premium 97 P.

Especially aromatic organic cistus tea in Super Premium quality. Hand-harvested at a top terroir in the sunny Hyblaean Mountains of southern Sicily. The naturally seeded plants grow in nutritious soil freely. 100% certified organic farm with a passionate dedication to sustainable, regional land use in Sicily. 80g
  • Especially aromatic autumn harvest; finely nuanced taste, pleasantly sweet
  • Secluded and idyllic location at the Hyblaean Mountains; wild-grown
  • Mediterranean plants and herbs - 100% certified organic, sustainable land use
  • Especially nutritious: good soil and organic fertilisers
Character Finely nuanced taste, extremely aromatic, balanced, sweet like raisins
Ingredients 100% Cistus Blossoms, Leaves, and Stems.
Origin Small, family-operated farm in the Hyblaean Mountains. Engaged organic farmers, passionate activists for sustainable land use
Terroir Hyblaean Mountains, Syracuse, Italy
Harvest Hand-harvested autumn harvest (October 2021)
Cultivar Cistus incanus
Drying Gently dried for 48 hours at controlled temperatures between 35-40°C
Elevation 500m above sea level
Organic Cert. EU certified organic
Packaging 100% biodegradable and compostable (starch, cellulose, paper).
Grade 97/100 p. (herbal tea category), Super Premium



Delivery : 1–3 business days

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€11.12 / 100g
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Tea Farm

The small organic farm is family-owned. During harvest and when new land is acquired, the sustainably-minded family recruits similarly-minded workers to help with the harvest and farming. All workers are paid fair wages for their labour. The farm additionally works together with social networks and associations to promote the well-being of disadvantaged young people. The family strongly believes in sustainable and socially engaged farming and supports development in the region. Together with other farmers they support the cultivation of native plants and thereby a healthy ecosystem.


The Cistus incanus is a member of the rock rose family. The plant is predominantly found in southern Europe, where there is copious sunlight. This plant is considered one of the most polyphenol-rich in the world. The cistus can grow up to 1 metre tall and prefers chalky soil and silicate rocks. The plant folds its leaves in during the hot summer months when waiting for rain. The cistus blooms in the spring, bearing delicate pink flowers.

Cultivation & Processing

The plants for our Italian cistus tea are grown at 500m elevation in the natural environment of the Hyblaean Mountains in southeastern Sicily. The farm is located in a protected area not far from the famous “Cavegrande del Cassibile”, a canyon with stunning turquoise rivers and water basins and breath-taking waterfalls. The mineral soil of the Hyblaean Mountains is well-suited for growing medicinal and aromatic herbs. A large proportion of the wild-growing herbs in the region include thyme, sage, rosemary, and oregano.

The family farm prioritises the sustainable use of the land and is therefore very mindful of how their farm is operated. They rarely plow the fields and avoid monocultures so that the land can benefit from biodynamic farming. The plants are allowed to grow according to their natural growth cycles. The cistus is grown with natural seeds and cuttings from healthy native plants. No artificial fertiliser is used out of principle. Rather, the soil is naturally enriched with the occasional cattle visit by the neighbouring farm's herd. The natural pollination of the plants is supported by the farm's own beehive with 15 bee colonies.

The leaves and buds of the cistus plant are harvested twice a year in the spring (April) and autumn (October). We chose the autumn harvest for this tea because it is more aromatic and flavourful than the spring harvest. The autumn harvest takes place immediately after the rainy season in October following the hot Sicilian summer. The cistus is carefully hand-picked and gently dried for 48 hours at controlled temperatures between 35-40°C.

Organic Certification


Brewing Guide

1-2 heaped tsp. per 200-300ml boiling water. Steep for 3-5 minutes.


High quality, airtight, resealable standing zipper pouch to preserve flavour and protect against oxidation and contamination.

Recommended Teapot

The ideal teapot for our organic mountain herb tea blend is a large glass or porcelain teapot with a strainer.

Recommended Storage

Ideally store in an airtight, double-coated metal tin.

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