This superb organic heather honey is packed together with a lovely chunk of raw honeycomb which, apart from its delicious nature, brings along a wealth of concentrated nutrients. Heather honey is gathered from bees feasting on the wild herbs and flowers in the forests of the island of Evia and is certified as a premium organic product. In Greece, heather (also known as soussoura) is considered a plant whose flower nectar is excellent food for bees. Some of the most fragrant heather plants can be found in the pine forests in the mountains of Evia. Heather flowers from fall to spring and yields honey of impressive quality and distinctive characteristics which vary depending on the flowering stage of the plant.
A traditional Greek product, Stayia Farm’s organic honey belongs to the elite of Greek countryside honeys and meets with the approval of the most demanding connoisseurs. As to the honeycomb it’s packed with, that has proven effective in treating gastritis and stomach ulcers. It’s rich in proteins, vitamins, minerals, acts as a natural antibiotic and boosts the immune system. Organic Heather Honey with Honeycomb is part of the Stayia Farm range of honeys under the name "Vasilissa”, a name that comes complete with a Greek mythology legend: Cronus was the king of the Titans. The seers had foretold him that he was destined to be overthrown by his own sons. So, as soon as sons were born to him he would devour them to prevent the prophecy from coming true. However, Zeus, his sixth son, did survive thanks to Melissa (the Greek word for ‘bee’), a mountain nymph who hid him from his father and fed him honey. Cronus was furious when he found out and changed her into an earthworm. Later on, Zeus, who could not but be grateful for her ministrations when he was an infant, broke Cronus’ spell and transformed her into a queen (Vasilissa) bee. Dark bronze in color, Stayia Farm organic heather honey with raw honeycomb appeals instantly and promises lingering moments of sweet pleasure.
- Never use a spoon that has come into contact with your mouth to scoop any honey from the jar again as saliva enzymes alter the honey's composition and structure.
- Crystallization is one of the characteristics of honey. It is a completely natural process during which the honey takes on a semi-solid state. It is a biological phenomenon of natural, raw honey, which does not alter its nutritional properties. Crystallization is observed in almost all types of honey at different times for each variety. We can easily liquefy the honey again by immersing the jar in a bowl of hot water for a few minutes.
How To Enjoy
- Enjoy this honey as a healthy and nutritional snack with dried figs and nuts.
- Before or after opening, store in a cool place away from direct sources of light.
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.