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Athens honey festival
« on: Monday, 04 December, 2017 @ 20:17:24 »
Feature: Athens honey festival promotes Greece's "nectar of Gods"

It's a sweet gathering when over 250 bee products makers from across Greece gathered this weekend in Neo Faliro, southern Greece, to exchange their techniques and seek cooperation with traders from Europe and Asia.

Unique in color, aroma, taste, and thickness, Greek honey -- the beverage and food of the ancient Greek Gods known as nectar and ambrosia -- has been used both as a food and a source of therapy since ancient times.

Greece produces an average of 14,000 tons of honey per year. The small Mediterranean country is the third largest honey producer in Europe behind Spain and France. But Greece has more beehives "per acre" than any other country in Europe, according to Stathis.

There are currently about 27,000 to 30,000 beekeepers across Greece. About 60 percent of them have 50 to 60 hives, but professional beekeepers own more than 200 hives and earn at least 50 percent of their annual income from them.

Meanwhile, the average consumption of honey in a Greek family is 12 kg per year.

Another advantage of honey is that it is a food source with no expiration date. "You may see raw, pure Greek unprocessed honey crystallize. This is natural with raw unfiltered honey. You can simply place the jar in a bowl of warm water and the crystals will melt," Stathis explained.

As a country with abundant flora in the Mediterranean basin, and more than 7,500 different species of herbs, plants, wildflowers, and trees, Greece has a wide range of honey.

The honey produced in Greece comes mainly from pine and fir trees, while some honey is produced from the flower nectar from thyme, orange blossom, cotton, heather, and sunflower, among others.

Besides honey, by-products like beeswax, propolis, and royal jelly used in the cosmetic industry can boost exports, experts pointed out.

"There are organic products from bees' products at affordable prices," Stathis explained.

During the festival, which is considered one of the most significant industry events in Greece, visitors could also see producers harvest royal jelly, render beeswax from honeycomb, collect bee's venom, which is used in the pharmaceutical sector, among other interesting activities.

Offline TonyKath

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Re: Athens honey festival
« Reply #1 on: Monday, 04 December, 2017 @ 21:13:49 »
Fresh fruit, Greek yoghurt and honey... mmm!


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Re: Athens honey festival
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday, 05 December, 2017 @ 12:02:15 »
Puts Hairs on your chest !!!

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Re: Athens honey festival
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday, 06 December, 2017 @ 17:48:56 »
Greek Yogurt and Honey for breakfast in Kef in the sun - cant wait till June.  Just hope it doesnt put hair on my chest not a good look in a bikini!  :yahoo: