When Milan-based journalist Evangelia Koutsovoulou would take trips home to Greece, about five years ago, she always brought back local oregano and other dried herbs on the return trip. An Italian friend of hers was astounded by their aroma and taste—incomparable to the pulverized, bland herbs available in the local markets. Hearing this from someone who grew up in a colder climate, say Sweden or Canada, would have come as no surprise to Evangelia. But her friend was a real born-and-bred Italian. Italy! Land of storied, revered cuisine!
Enter lightbulb. Seven years later, in 2013, Evangelia founded Daphnis and Chloe to share these unparalleled dried cooking herbs and spices with a wider audience—and just last week we launched two sets of their dried herbs in the Food52 Shop.