Chios Mastic Gum and Its Food Applications

Part of the Integrating Food Science and Engineering Knowledge Into the Food Chain book series (ISEKI-Food, volume 12)


This chapter reviews the traditional Greek product Chios Mastic Gum or Mastiha, primarily known for its distinctive flavor. This is the dried exudate of the shrub-like tree Pistacia lentiscus L. var. chia of the Anacardiaceae family, cultivated exclusively in the south of the Greek island Chios. Emphasis is given on its chemistry and physicochemical properties, health effects, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. The preparation of traditional food products based on mastic gum or essential oil, such as chewing gum, confectionery, bakery products as well as alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, is also discussed.


Mastic gum Mastiha Essential oil Terpenes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory of Food Science and TechnologySchool of Chemistry, Aristotle Universityof ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece

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