6 REASONS TO CHOOSE GREEK HONEY
Greece is a country with great tradition and know-how in apiculture. As a result, Greek honey is highly regarded in global markets.
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Special thanks to the Ministry of Reconstruction of Production, Environment and Energy, Rural Development, the European Commission, & the Union of Honey Processors of Greece (Greek Honey Producers Association)
Local and specialty honeys continue to maintain consumer popularity and honey produced from the nectar of certain trees, such as the PDO Meli Elatis Menalou Vanilia, is a rare commodity that often commands a premium price not only in Greece, but also in stores all over the world. An interesting cooperation between members of the local stakeholders’ groups from four regions (Romania, Poland, Greece and Ireland) is currently looking to create greater value for local honey and boost consumer knowledge about the source of the honey and its quality, by providing, at the same time, support to small honey producers for testing and certifying the quality of their honey and bringing it on the international market at a fair price. Additionally, many Greek businesses –big and small– have already understood the need for quality and high added-value honey and have stepped up to the challenge with delicious and innovative products, such as honey mixed with Kozani Red Saffron, Chios mastic, as well as various superfoods (goji berry, hippophae, cranberries, etc.), which have been welcomed by international markets, thus increasing the product’s export potential.
Greece is one of the richest, in terms of biodiversity, countries, with a significant amount of unique indigenous plants found nowhere else in the world (it is estimated that 18% of the total number of plants are endemic to Greece).
Greek climate is typically Mediterranean, with mild winters and long, dry, hot summer periods; in other words, climate conditions are ideal for the development of apiculture, allowing the production of honey almost everywhere in the country.
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Compared to to other honeys, Greek honey is especially beneficial since it contains a particularly high percentage of enzymes, vitamins, amino acids, and minerals.
Greek beekeepers have a high level of expertise and know-how, and are constantly upgrading their equipment, while at the same time safeguarding traditional methods that ensure a natural, top tier product.
Whereas other countries are struggling with high bee mortality, that’s one global crisis that has yet to touch Greece. The reasons are: only a fraction of honeybees are foraging in crops; most are foraging in natural ecosystems, and therefore have small exposure to pesticides; Greek beekeepers replace lost colonies as soon as they die.
Greek honeys have less humidity than other honeys, which means they are denser and richer, packed with nutrients and, thus, extremely healthy.