The Honey of Crete

One of the most famous icons of Minoan civilization in the Archaeological Museum at Herakleion – where the best collection of material of that date is housed – is a beautiful piece of gold jewellery: two bees facing each other on a flower or a honeycomb. The object bears reliable witness to the close relationship the Cretan has with the bee.

Honey, that excellent sweetener, is a food rich in vitamins and anti-oxidants. The main vitamin present (namely E), in combination with other substances, is employed to expel from our bodies toxins of our own production or ingested from outside us – from smoking, radiation and various carcinogens. Cretan honey is a completely natural substance, produced in regions rich in native flora. 

Cretan Diet. The Honey of Crete

The bio-system of the island is rich in endemic plants, and especially in aromatic herbs. These provide the Cretan bees with their favourite foods.

The island is rich in native species: thyme, sage, the bramble, rigani, pine and acacia, arbutus and the introduced eucalypt and the cultivated citrus fruits.

Cretan honey is conducted in a natural manner, without resort to high temperatures that destroy vitamins.

The Cretan bee belongs to the genus Apis, species Apis mellifica.

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