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Product Description
The ecosystem of Crete, full of pine trees and aromatic thyme bushes, offers the ideal environment for the production of a very special honey; a honey with a beautiful amber colour, rich thyme aromas and a strong, authentic flavour. "Meligyris” is a company located in Heraklion’s village of Arkalochori, in Crete. Manolis Stefanakis, the founder of "Meligyris”, is a producer who leaves nothing to chance. When asked, he compares this particular honey to that of the Minoan Era, because of the honey’s steady taste and unperturbed flavor. Manolis Stefanakis collects and standardizes his honey in as careful a way as possible to ensure that it remains pure and retains its precious sensory traits. The fragrances of this pine & forest honey are evocative of Greek summers in the countryside and offer a complex bouquet. Amber-colored, this honey is characterized by intensity, authentic taste, and a caressing, velvety texture. Lose yourself in this sweet and nutritional world of a Greek product that brings you close to the Greek land and tradition in the most delicious of ways.

  • Net Weight
    15.87oz
  • Gross Weight
    1.5lbs
  • Width
    2.36in
  • Depth
    2.36in
  • Height
    4.72in
Product History
References of honey can be found in ancient times, where it seemed to hold a special place in daily diet. Ancient Greeks believed that honey was the food of the Gods of Olympus (Nectar of the Gods). According to Greek mythology, Zeus was brought up with honey, by nymph Melissa at Diktaion Andron cave. Also, during the Byzantine period, honey was one of the main parts of the diet in monasteries. Today, the world-acclaimed Mediterranean Diet and particularly the Cretan Diet consider honey to be the main and healthiest sweetener. A symbol of fertility and well-being, the nutritional value of honey is undeniably great. Honey contains simple sugars which are directly absorbed by the body, making it a quick source of energy. It also contains vitamins and precious micronutrients.
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Meligyris
Having studied at the Agricultural University of Athens, and being brought up by a rural Cretan family with a beekeeping tradition since 1920, Manolis Stefanakis learned to love nature and respect its products.Showing respect to beekeeping, means, according to him, “not interfering with nature and allowing the bees to do their work without intervening.”His scientific training enables him to assess and highlight pure, natural honey. This means that he studies the microclimate of the mountainous regions of Heraklion, Crete. He also spots areas which are located away from agricultural crops, which provide the best organoleptic and biochemical characteristics, and that’s where he places his bee colonies. That’s how he gets the variety of honey that brings out the individual characteristics of each wildly grown herb.The special care and attention given to the method of collection, but also, the analysis and certification methods that he uses, guarantee a totally natural product of high nutritional value.Manolis Stefanakis is also one of the founders and members of the Scientific Community of Greek Beekeepers.
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Heraklion

Heraklion, Crete, is known for its centuries-old history and iconic natural vistas. Its sharp contrasts in terrain, its magical beaches and their diversity, its clement microclimate, and its archaeological treasures of worldwide fame compose Heraklion’s magnificent profile. All of the area of Heraklion is known for its one-of-a-kind landscapes: Rocky mountains dotted with caves and caverns, ravines and precipices, narrow trails and passes, tranquil beaches with crystal-clear waters, and a wilderness which is the habitat of rare flora and fauna. The history of the area begins in Greek Mythology with the birth of Zeus and continues with the development of the Minoan civilization which stamped the history of Crete as well as that of Europe’s. The Byzantine period follows, with Christianity spreading throughout the area. Venetian rule comes next, a historical period during which Heraklion rises to prominence becoming an economic power and a cultural hub, only to be followed by Turkish rule which lasts until 1898 when the island of Crete was liberated.Heraklion is the capital of Crete and the island’s largest city in southern Greece. It is Greece’s fourth largest city and has one of the most significant ports in the Mediterranean.

Since ancient times, Crete has been linked to the most evocative legends. The names of King Minos, of Ariadne, and of the Minotaur unravel through an endless yarn of myths. In all likelihood, Heraklion was named after Idaean Heracles, the mythical founder of the Olympic Games. The history of the area begins in Greek Mythology with the birth of Zeus and continues with the development of the Minoan civilization which stamped the history of Crete as well as that of Europe’s. The Byzantine period follows with Christianity spreading throughout the area. Venetian rule comes next, a historical period (1204–1669) during which Heraklion rises to prominence becoming an economic power and a cultural hub. Venetian rule is succeeded by Turkish rule which lasts until 1898 when the island of Crete was liberated. In 1898, Heraklion becomes part of the newly established Cretan State which, in turn, was annexed to Greece in 1913. Heraklion, Crete is known for its centuries-old history and iconic natural vistas. Its sharp contrasts in terrain, its magical beaches and their diversity, its clement microclimate, and its archaeological treasures of worldwide fame compose Heraklion’s magnificent profile. All of the area of Heraklion is known for its one-of-a-kind landscapes: rocky mountains dotted with caves and caverns, steep ravines and drops, narrow trails and passes, and tranquil beaches with crystal-clear waters never fail to captivate visitors. The wide diversity in flora and fauna on the island make for a varied Cretan fare of outstanding goods. Just like the rest of Crete, Heraklion is a blessed land where, the diversity in terroir, encourages various goods to thrive, showcasing those products’ sensory characteristics. Genuine flavors and wholesome local products compose the renowned Cretan Diet whose high nutritional value has rightfully earned it top ranking.

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Pine & thyme honey, from Crete "Meligyris" 15.9oz

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Product code: 500235 Gross Weight 1.5lbs
A Greek, raw honey that is collected in the old-fashioned traditional ways in the area of Heraklion, Crete: Get ready to spell "Sweet pleasure”!
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Pine & thyme honey, from Crete "Meligyris" 15.9oz nutrition-us
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