What we have learned so far? Questions and Answers that bothered us in the past. Posted on 28 Jan 01:24 , 0 comments
As a continuation of our previous article and newsletter we gathered all the questions we referred into it and the solutions we found.
It 's obviously not "rocket science" but for us there were many moments which we were completely "stuck" wondering for an explanation and a solution.Hope You 'll find these interesting and educative.
Q: How could we be sure that the crumbled oregano was truly wild?
A: We can’t be sure 100% ever. If we mix some other oregano with the wild one, upon the oregano is crumbled like “powder” or in very tiny pieces, then it’s impossible to understand. To avoid such issues, we gather our wild oregano every year and we crumble it in small pieces that can show their authenticity.
Q: How we could be sure that it was not a mix of “cultivated and wild one”?
A: We never found out if that oregano was 100% truly wild one or mix. As we referred in the above answer, the only way is to be present upon the oregano is crumbling.
Q: Why did the seller ask a higher price for the oregano branches? When we all know and understand that we can get less than half of clear oregano and we will do the labor work?
A: This is the tricky part and actually the “silent” proof we needed to understand the fraud of the crumbled “wild oregano”. As the price of the branches was 50% more than the “crumbled wild one” it was totally clear that the seller had sold us a mix. Today after hundreds of hours crumbling not wild oregano but several other wild herbs, we can assure You that the average rate is almost 3/1
(we need in average 3 kilos of dried wild herb in branches to get 1 clear kilo)
If You do the math the price of branches must be maxed (in our opinion) at 4/10 of the crumbled product.
Q: How could we be sure that the crumbled oregano was clean from any similar eggs and insects? This is very important because we usually add the oregano over salads, fish, meat just before serving.
A: That oregano was gathered almost 10 months before we got it. The fact that the tiny spiders appeared from the inside parts of the branches caused an alarm but we couldn’t be sure back then (July 2012 – oregano was gathered Summer of 2011). After few years when we saw the same spiders in the plants at that mountainside we connected the dots and realized the profound. See our next answer.
Q: Why has no one ever mentioned this before? Or we hadn't heard about? When we had been told that the “wild oregano” was just simply dried and crumbled?
A: It might seem incredible to You but – at least from our side – we hadn’t ever heard about “washing / cleaning the wild oregano from anyone. Perhaps we were naïve and we could never think that there will be such an issue. Therefore, we always follow the simple rule: “wash carefully every part of the plant”.
Tip: You can notice it if You find too much “dust” in Your crumbled parcel.
It’s probably some remaining soil in the plant which has been mixed with the oregano. Also, with today’s "modern" ways and methods, most people are putting the branches into blenders till making a final product, like powder which they call “wild oregano”.
In other words: This “wild oregano” is nothing but whole branches (maybe not cleaned too) trimmed into powder.
So, if we want to speak only the real truth, our only way - so far - to prove to You that our wild oregano is authentic is:
We crumble the oregano by hands in such pieces ( and not like powder), which can prove with naked eye their origin. If you put a branch or wild oregano beside, then you can understand it immediately.
We give You our word that we only concern for wild herbs and we work with a passion for presenting You their best.
Our future next step is to proceed with special labor tests for our herbs.We expect that they will officially prove the obvious thing. That Your instinct, trust, and senses are guiding You to choose the Authentic wild herbs from the Mythical land of Sparta.