According to the legend, the mastic trees cried when Agios (Saint) Isidores, after being tortured by the Romans in 250 A.D., managed to escape and sat under these tries. After seeing him, the trees felt sorry for him and started crying. The cultivation of mastic in Chios is thought to have started during the 3rd century. Since ancient times, mastic was used for its medicinal properties. Today it is used in pastry making and in cooking, but it should be used in very small quantities, otherwise our food will become bitter.