Wishing to showcase the bounty of the area of Ilia, Peloponnese, Deluxe Foods has come up with an all-natural product that combines honey with nutritious hazelnut paste. Additive-free, it’s a sweet spread that wins you over with its irresistibly aromatic profile and its ability to give you an instant energy boost. Honey and hazelnut come together in one balanced combination that shows to best advantage the beneficial properties Greek honey and Greek hazelnuts have in abundance.
The history of honey begins in ancient times when it held a prominent position in everyday nutrition. The Mediterranean Diet and especially the Cretan Diet include honey as a key ingredient in almost all of their interpretations. The contribution of honey to nutrition has been proven to be equally strong. It contains simple sugars which are absorbed by the human body instantly, thus boosting energy levels. It also contains a number of vitamins and precious trace minerals. Honey is used as a tonic and antiseptic, it has an antibacterial action, it is employed in dressing wounds and burns, it helps with the smooth function of the intestinal tract, alleviates sleeplessness, soothes throat soreness and stomach ulcers, and has a beneficial effect on the human body overall.
Hazelnuts are nutritious nuts, highly acclaimed for their dietary fiber, vitamins, and energy they give. To make its melt-in-the-mouth spread, Deluxe Foods grinds premium hazelnuts, an integral part of a balanced diet, until they are turned into hazelnut paste. The paste is then blended into gourmet honey from Greek forests. The blend results in a spread that contributes to wellness and helps the body function seamlessly. When used in recipes, it brings out the very best of its Greek traditional nature and heavenly aromas.
How To Enjoy
- Fold it into your yogurt, spread it on fresh bread, or use it as a pastry filling.
- Before and after opening: store in a cool place away from sources of light
- Greek Honey (77%), Hazelnut Paste (23%)
The history of honey begins in ancient times when it held a prominent position in everyday nutrition. It continued to be a key nutritional element for centuries on end. Ancient Greeks believed that honey was the food of the gods of Olympus (Nectar of the Gods). The first references to honey’s beneficial properties are encountered in Greek mythology. According to myth, Aristaeus, son of the god Apollo and Nymph Kyrene, was fed nectar and ambrosia so that he may become immortal. The writings of Hippocrates, the ancient Greek father of medicine, and of philosophers Aristotle and Democritus show that honey was a food staple in antiquity. Those three eminent figures of Greek History refer to the antiseptic and medicinal properties that honey carries for human health and longevity. During Byzantine times, honey continued to be a food staple, especially at monasteries. It is evident that from ancient Greek times to contemporary times, honey has been known as a product of exceptional nutritional value and a significant contributor to health and longevity. The Mediterranean Diet and especially the Cretan Diet include honey as a key ingredient in almost all of their interpretations.
From ancient times to the present, honey has been significant as the symbol of fertility and healthy living. The symbolic significance of the sweetness honey has can be observed in many of the Greek customs.
The contribution of honey to nutrition has been proven to be equally strong. It contains simple sugars which are absorbed by the human body instantly, thus boosting energy levels. It also contains a number of vitamins and precious trace minerals. Honey is used as a tonic and antiseptic, it has an antibacterial action, it is employed in dressing wounds and burns, it helps with the smooth function of the intestinal tract, alleviates sleeplessness, soothes throat soreness and stomach ulcers, and has a beneficial effect on the human body overall.
In 2014, a company new to the food sector was established in Pyrgos, Ilia, in the Peloponnese. Almost immediately, the first presentation of its products created a climate of high expectations. 776 Deluxe Foods was established with a view to producing and distributing to the market wholesome products local to the area of Ilia and traditional in nature. Its range of premium, gourmet products includes olive oil, honey, and traditional pasta such as sweet trahanas (frumenty), hilopites (noodles), lasagna, kritharaki (orzo), and papardelle.
776 Deluxe Foods set out to promote worldwide the gourmet extra virgin olive oil which is produced in the area of ancient Olympia and that no one knew about outside the borders of Greece. The company was convinced that the world had to find out about that superior olive oil and that its mission was to share that treasured product with people around the world. Its mission soon grew to include not only the production and distribution of its own extra virgin olive oil but also the select local products of small food producers. Why 776 Deluxe Foods? What does that number mean? The company took its name from the date 776 BCE, the date when the first Olympic Games were held in ancient Olympia. Thousands of years later after that date, in the greater area of Olympia, the 776 Deluxe Foods team is striving to continue the Greek spirit of winning and the region’s tradition by making available to the world the very best foods that the bounty of the area of Olympia so generously yields.
Olympia, western Peloponnese, is ancient Greece’s most renowned sanctuary and was dedicated to Zeus, father of gods and mortals. It was within that magnificent ancient temple that the formidable ivory & gold statue of Zeus used to stand. Sculpted by Pheidias, it had been named one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. One of the most significant ancient sites worldwide, Olympia is a pole of attraction for visitors and determines the area’s tourism profile.
However, the significance of the ancient site of Olympia does not stop there. It was at Olympia that the Olympic Games, the ancient Greeks’ most important event were held in classical times. A series of athletic competitions, the Olympic Games traditionally date back to 776 BC. Even today, the contemporary Olympics Games begin at that ancient site with the ceremony of the lighting of the Olympic Flame which travels around the world to the place the games are held every four years.
The greater area of Olympia (Ilia) is not simply the location of some of the world’s most significant archeological sites. It is a fertile farmland with thriving olive and citrus groves, vineyards, and wheat fields. Olympia geographical profile is characterized by a diversity that is created by the area’s hills, valleys, lofty mountains, and steep cliffs dropping to the sea. Enchanting sandy stretches, wetlands that are the habitat of rare aquatic fauna and flora, verdant forests, hot springs, and traditional villages co-exist in harmony with wondrous archaeological sites, historical monuments, and Byzantine monasteries in a rich weave that is the history of Olympia and Ilia.