Varieties of Honey

thimari

Thyme

Flavour: This honey has a pleasant taste, but may occasionally leave a slight burning sensation in the mouth due to the high concentration of fructose.

Aroma: An intensely aromatic honey.

Colour: Usually light amber.

Crystallization: This specific variety of honey crystallizes within a period of 6-18 months.

Nutritional value: Thyme honey is considered to have tonic and antiseptic properties, improving heart rate, reducing stomach ulcer problems and generally contributing to the body’s proper functioning.

reiki

Heather

Flavour: Heather honey collected in autumn is more flavourful than that collected in spring and is known for its intense flavour.

Aroma: Characteristic delicate scent.

Colour: Reddish.

Crystallization: Due the high natural glucose content, it crystallizes very quickly (in approximately 1-3 months) and therefore is not suitable for mixing with other honeys or creating commercial varieties (blends). This honey is also sours more easily than other types of honey, because it has a high moisture content and a high yeast content.

Nutritional value: Heather honey (primarily in autumn) is considered a very nutritious honey and a particularly good tonic for the body.

portokali

Orange Blossom

Flavour: Has an exceptional and unusual flavour.

Aroma: Wonderfully intense scent.

Colour: Light yellow

Crystallization: Crystallizes very quickly, so it is best consumed quickly.

Nutritional value: To maintain the nutritional value of this variety of honey, it should be consumed within a short period of time and should be protected from high temperatures.

geniki-anthoforia

Wildflower

Flavour: Smooth, sweet flavour and buttery texture due to the fine crystals. Highly aromatic, depending on the blossoms, ideal for use in hot drinks (tea, milk).

Aroma: Distinctive delicate flavour, characterised by a balanced bouquet of aromatic flowers.

Colour: Characteristic yellow colour.

Crystallization: It crystallizes quickly in 2-3 months.

Nutritional value: It is particularly rich in polyphenols, which are essential for the human body. It is a large category that contains many varieties of honey. The bulk of this type of honey relies on wildflowers blossoming in spring and is produced from their nectar.

pefkothimaro

Pine & Thyme

Flavour: It has a rich and intense flavour, with strong aromas due to the presence of thyme and pine.

Aroma: Distinctive. Some say it resembles the scent of violets.

Colour: Pine & thyme honey is usually amber in colour.

Crystallization: Pine & thyme honey remains fluid without signs of crystallization for approximately one year.

Nutritional value: Pine & thyme honey is considered to be highly nutritious, mainly due to the large number of different nutrients it contains. Rich in minerals and proteins, with beneficial effects for the respiratory and digestive systems.

pefko

Pine

Flavour: Due to the low concentration of sugars, this honey is not too sweet.

Aroma: Distinctive. Some say it resembles the scent of violets.

Colour: Pine honey is darker than thyme honey. The honey produced in spring is lighter and clearer than that produced in autumn.

Crystallization: Pine honey crystallizes relatively slowly, since its natural glucose content is low. Specifically, pure pine honey is like to remain viscous, that is without crystallization, for more than 18 months.

Nutritional value: Pine honey is considered to be highly nutritious, mainly due to the large number of different nutrients it contains. The main minerals and trace elements are calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, copper, etc., which can be found in high concentrations in Greek pine honey.

kastania

Chestnut

Flavour: Strong, slightly bitter with a lasting aftertaste. The taste of chestnut flower honey is so intense that a small quantity can overpower the taste of other honeys.

Aroma: An intensely aromatic honey.

Colour: The colour varies depending on its origin, from light brown to dark brown and black, if it contains honeydew.

Crystallization: It crystallizes slowly after 1-2 years.

Nutritional value: Chestnut honey accelerates blood circulation and can act as an astringent in certain cases of dysentery. It is rich in amino acids and trace elements. It has sudorific properties.

malotiras

Malotira

Flavour: Intense and distinctive flavour.

Aroma: Richly scented.

Colour: Amber.

Crystallization: It crystallizes slowly in 6-12 months.

Nutritional value: Rich in minerals and proteins, with beneficial effects for the respiratory and digestive systems. It contains valuable flavonoid nutrients with various pharmacodynamic effects such as stimulation of cardiac function, reduction in blood pressure and beneficial effects in strengthening capillaries.

Origin: ‘Malotira’ (mountain tea) is a protected species and only grows in the rocky areas of Crete (the Madares in the White Mountains, Chania Prefecture, and Mount Psiloritis).