Kafkalithra (mediterranean hartwort)

Dioskourides mentioned that during ancient times it was called Tordylium. It was recommended for kidney disease patients. It is one of the most important aromatic herbs of Greece.

Scientific Name:
 Tordylium apulum

Cueillette: Apiaceae (or Umbelliferae)

Kythera Name: Kafkalithra

Name in other places of Greece: Kafkalithra, Myristira, Moscholachano

Collection: It is found both in fields and uncultivated areas during winter and spring.

Properties: It rejuvenates nervous system and acts against melancholy.


It is used ideally in cooking for herb pies giving a rich aroma. Furthermore, it may be boiled with other herbs for salad.