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Greeks are in love with honey

Far earlier than olive oil, long before wine, Greeks fell in love with honey. In ancient Greece, the bee, as well as its products, found itself in high place in the estimate of the people and the men in power. Proof of this constitutes the large quantity of mythological references and representations in ancient Greek vessels of mainly 6th century B.C. These facts prove the significant place of bee products in the daily life, as food but also as therapeutic means. Greek honey is globally famous for its exceptional quality, its unique aroma and its rich taste. Its great diversity in terms of flavour and aroma sets it apart from its competitors, fuelling its international recognition. This advantage to a great extent derives from the rich Greek flora, which comprises numerous wild plants land herbs.

 

Why Greek Honey is special

Greece has more beehives per acre than any other country in Europe and Greek honey is considered to be some of the finest honey in the world. This is largely due to the rich variety of Greek flora and unlimited summer sun. The biodiversity of the Greek countryside means that there are multiple types of Greek honey, each with its own particular properties and flavours.

In Greece the majority of honey produced comes from honeydew, which the bees collect from Pine and Fir trees, with the rest coming from flower nectar. Greek un-mixed floral varieties of honey come from plants such as thyme, orange blossom, heather and chestnut, with thyme honey being unique to Greece. While mixed flower varieties usually come from aromatic plants such as oregano, wild herbs and lavender.

 

Greek honey is useful

Greek honey in particular boasts:  high vitamin, enzyme, amino acid and mineral content,  rich in phenolic compounds (known for their cancer-fighting properties),  anti-oestrogenic and oestrogenic properties (which help prevent osteoporosis and breast cancer), darker honeys have a higher mineral content and antioxidant potential.

Links:

http://www.kerasma.gr/default.asp?siteID=1&langID=2&pageID=32

http://www.odysea.com/products/honey.php

http://www.atheniangrocery.co.uk/attiki-greek-honey

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