oney is one of several Greek products with high international recognition due to its high quality, wonderful flavor and excellent aroma. Greek honey producers are many, and the country boasts the most beehives per decare than any other European country (in fact, Greece ranks number two in the world after Hungary when it comes to apicultural density: about 11.1 bee hives per km). According to experts, Greek honey owes its unique organoleptic characteristics to the fact that most of the Greek land consists of forests and wild ecosystems. Many of the plants found in Greece are aromatic and medicinal herbs, carrying their qualities to honey. Sci-
BEE COLONIES IN GREECE
entific studies have also shown that Greek honey varieties are rich in compounds such as polyphenols, phenolic acids and monoterpenes, which are powerful antioxidants, known for their chemo preventive properties. To safeguard the specific characteristics of the honey collected in Greece, eight types have been identified: pine, spruce, chestnut, heather, thyme, orange, cotton, and sunflower. Honey made of pine is produced only in Greece and Turkey. Its color is not too dark, while its flavor not too sweet, with a more pleasant aroma than most forest honeys. It is very slow to crystallization and has high biological and nutritional value due to the high concentration of trace elements â€“up to six times more than flower honey.
TONS OF HONEY A YEAR
TONS OF HONEY EXPORTED