Natural Greek Honey. What You Need To Know
Its value has been appreciated since the ancient times. It has been a key ingredient in the diets of ancient populations, and was used both its nutritional and medicinal purposes.
Up to today it is- or at least, it should be- a cornerstone in our diet.
Honey is a natural food of supreme nutritional value.
However, before consuming any type of honey, it is important to know where it comes from.
There are two categories of honey: natural and commercial; very different in taste, but mostly in health properties.
Natural honey is harvested from bees. This is the healthiest variety that exists and the one recommended for regular consumption. Its texture is thick, its taste is beyond compare, and its color and aroma vary, depending on the plants the bees feed on. It is also filled with antioxidants and vitamins.
Commercial honey, on the other hand, is made by man. A cheap copy of the original product that is easier to find, but with an -almost- non-existent nutritional value. Technically, it is a sugar-based syrup, and this is the reason for why its texture is so watery.
According to that, we can easily understand that we should only consume natural honey, because the commercial could lead to health problems.
Why Greek Honey?
It is the most important sweetening element of the famous Mediterranean diet.
Its high quality, wonderful taste and amazing aroma have placed the Greek Honey to the list of products of great international recognition.
The dry climate of Greece, the variety of Greek flora and the traditional way of beekeeping, offer pure, raw, honey which is rich in nutrients.
The combination of the rich Greek nature, the know-how of the Greek beekeepers and the miraculous creature, called “bee”, gives us honey varieties of exceptional quality with unique characteristics and taste, that are recognized internationally.
Additionally, honey in Greece is produced in the traditional way, with knowledge passing on from one generation to the next. Thus, beekeeping is not particularly advanced, in terms of modern technology, resulting to harvesting a product that does not undergo any processing.
Commercial honey, on the other hand, is a product of standardization and advanced processing (pollen removal, overheating, blending to prevent crystallization, color, aroma and sugar additives).
Greek Honey is one more treasure of Greece.
A treasure that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
Its health benefits are many and are documented through dozens of scientific studies.
Did you know that:
For the production of one kilo of honey, bees visit more than four million plants! The quality of honey is greatly influenced by the species of plants they visit.
Many of these species are aromatic and medicinal herbs, that transfer their properties to the Greek honey.
According to experts, Greek honey owes its unique aroma and flavor, to the fact that most of the Greek land consists of forests and wild ecosystems.