Greek Honey: An Ancient Elixir of Life – A Divine and Mythical Superfood
Greece is known for many things, but did you know there are more beehives per acre in Greece than in any country in Europe? The amazing biodiversity of Greece (over 850 species of flora found nowhere else on the planet), nurtured by the warmth of our Aegean sun, make Greek honey the best in the world.
Greek Honey: One of the World’s First Superfoods
The history of honey is intertwined with our own history because honey is as ancient as time itself. The bee, a beautiful creature that can create delight or cause pain, was the symbol of the Greek goddess Artemis as well as Eros (Cupid). In the third century, a bee was embossed on coins in the Greek city of Ephesus and later, Napoleon’s flag portrayed a line of bees in flight.
Ancient Egyptians used honey as a sweetener and to create the world’s first known embalming fluid. But it was the Greeks who believed honey was a superfood and healing medicine. Honey was used much less following the introduction of sugar to Europe.
The Distinct Flavors of Greek Honey
Honey color and flavor is determined by the kind of flower nectar the bee has collected. Honey flavor infusions include fruit, herbs, and flower honey as well as the natural, organic flavors of Greek forest plants:
Limited-Edition Greek Honey
Just as certain wines are only available specific times of the year from unique grape crops, several types of Greek honey are rare and valuable. For example, award-winning, organic fir honey is harvested every 3 years in the Menalon mountains of Greece from honeydew left behind by aphids.
Another award-winning organic raw, Greek Thyme blossom honey is more readily available. It has a one-of-a-kind flavor that hints of rosemary, thyme, citrus, and…“hot cotton candy,” said one reviewer.
Honey Health Benefits
Most U.S. manufacturers destroy the healthful properties of natural honey during processing. When honey is raw, unfiltered, and GMO-free, health professionals believe its antioxidant properties and polyphenols can be cancer- and heart-disease-fighters.
Raw honey can kill unwanted bacteria and fungus. It naturally contains hydrogen peroxide, an antiseptic. Several hospitals in Europe have used Manuka honey to fight methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a type of staph bacterial infection that’s become resistant to antibiotics. –Healthline.com
Throughout the ages, honey has been a sore-throat remedy. It has anti-inflammatory properties and can also soothe the pain of peptic ulcers. When applied topically, honey has been shown to enhance wound healing. Please note: Never feed any type of honey to babies under 12 months.
You can bring the wonderful taste of Greece into your home when you create The Honey Association’s wonderful honey-fried bananas! This simple recipe is packed with nutrition and taste:
- Juice of ½ lemon
- 4 bananas, cut in half lengthwise
- 2 oz. butter
- 1 oz. flaked almonds
- 2 Tbsp. honey
Sprinkle the lemon juice over the bananas. Melt butter in a frying pan, add the bananas and cook, turning once, until browned on both sides. Transfer to a warm serving plate then add the almonds to the butter remaining in the pan. Cook until lightly browned. Stir in the honey and heat through. Pour over the bananas and serve immediately.
The Divine Taste…and Feel…of Greece
GreekBioStore partners with other companies that share the same vision: to bring the wellness-enhancing properties of Greek diet, skin care, and culture into U.S. homes. In addition to our raw, unfiltered, organic honey from Greece, we offer natural energy bars and unique, tasteful Verian halva with honey. Contact us or call 888.466.9004 to learn more.