Mastic trees

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Pistacia lentiscus.

This shrub or small tree of the pistacio genus can reach 6 or 7 meters in height in older specimens.

The larger sized specimens, when they are bled, produce a latex known as mastic. Mastic is used in dentistry for the manufacture of dental cements, and was once widely used as chewing gum to strengthen the gums and to perfume the breath.

Because of its ability to stay green for a long time after being cut, and as a curiosity, they say that the fishermen of Roses used bundles of lenstisco, or mastic tree, tied with string and dropped to the bottom of the sea to help the squid lay eggs and thus profit from being able to fish for the squid.