Thyme honey from Tinos island 500gr.



Among the various types of honey, the Greek thyme honey holds a prominent position. It has wonderful aroma and unparalleled taste wrapped in conjunction with its nutritional value renders it one of the most important honey worldwide with the most beneficial properties. We supply pure thyme honey from Tinos island, free from any elaboration & without any aggregation with others types of honey.

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What is thyme honey?

Thyme honey is created by the honey bees that between May and August collect the nectar and the pollen exclusively from the thyme flowers. It is worth mentioning that they visit over three thousand flowers daily in a radius of two kilometers. After collection, the bees return to their hives where after sharing their supply inside the hives fly away again to repeat the procedure. At the same time, other bees by flying over the bee hives create a current with their wings to evaporate the water from the nectar and the pollen and make the honey more concentrated. Finally, the bees seal the hives with a fine layer of wax. When at least two-thirds of the hives have been sealed the beekeeper collects the honey from the honey comb leaving the rest to sustain the bees throughout the flowerless months of autumn and winter. In Greece, the production of thyme honey accounts to the 10% of the total honey production.

The history of honey.

Since ancient times, honey is suggested not only for welfare but also for longevity. In ancient Greece features prominently as a natural and healthy product necessary to the diet. In Crete during the Faistos excavations clay beehives dated 3.400 B.C. were found. The golden jewel of the two bees cluster holding a honeycomb belongs to the same era.

In writings of Hippocrates are mentioned the beneficial properties of honey especially for sick people while Democritus, when asked how people could live for many years without health problems, answered that ‘they should spread their bodies with olive oil and use honey as nutrient’. Most of the scientific information about honey bees and their biology comes from Aristotele’s specifically in his literary works “stories about animals“ and “about the genesis of animals” (the work of Aristoteles was continued by Theofrastos). In his works, Aristoteles describes in detail the life of the honey bees. All researches that followed in the Middle Ages was based on Aristoteles works. Nevertheless there some mistakes in his writings. He believed, for instance, that the wax was collected by the honeybees from the plants. The explanation is that due to the lack of microscope he did not realize that the wax is produced by the kerogen glands of the bees. Another mistake he made was describing the queen of the honeybees as the prince. In other words rendered the queen as male gender.
Pythagoras ascertained that after an intense mental or physical work only a little amount of honey, neat or mixed with milk, vanishes fatigue and gives new strength to the human body.
The Sparta pedagogues withdrew with their students for one month on the Taygetos mountain every year where they exclusively were fed on honey (honeymoon). In ancient Greece, there was systematic beekeeping for the production of honey.

The great legislator Solon (640-558 B.C) decreed various legislative measures concerning beekeeping. One of the steps, which, in fact, prove the existence of beekeeping enterprises in ancient Greece, was the one that determined the distance between beekeeping as follows:
Every new swarm of honey bees to be established should be at least 300 feet away from the previous one (“the life of Solon” by Ploutarchos ).

The Olympian gods according to the Greek mythology were fed with nectar and ambrosia there are references by Hesiodus and Pindar, that Aristeus, the son of Apollo, was the originator and the first expert of the art of beekeeping. According to Nonnus, (Dionysians 5, 212-286), the inventor of the beehives, the linen outfit of the beekeepers and the technique of the smoking of the bee is Aristeus.

There are references to honey bees in many ancient Greek tales. According to one, which is notorious, Rea decided to give birth to Zeus far away from Kronus in order not to be eaten by him as their last five children were. Finally, she gave birth to Zeus in a cave on the mountain range Dikti, in Crete. After birth she commissioned the upbringing of the child to the nymphs Amalthia and Melissa the daughters of the King of Crete Melisseus  the nymph Melissa brought up Zeus with special care, feeding  up with  honey in order to grow up fast and be able to challenge his position among  the gods. Zeus loved honey very much, and that is why one of his names was Meliteus. It is said that for the sake of the nymph Melissa, who gave her name to the insect the honeybees were laying honey directly on Zeus mouth. When Kronos found out the role of nymph Melissa in the salvation of Zeus, he was so furious that he transformed Melissa into an earthworm. However, when later on Zeus found out what had happened, he retransformed the earthworm back into a honeybee. In ancient times honey was consumed unchanged in cooking or mixed with other foods such as: milomelo which is apples preserved in honey, melikrato which is honey with milk, oximelo which is honey with vinegar and was used to lower high temperature, hydromelo which was a sweet drink produced by the alcoholic fermentation of honey and inomelo which was honey with wine.

There are reports that Democritus used to drink it with bread and for this reason he lived to an old age. There were also Mitotos which was a pie made with cheese, olive oil, honey and garlic and nogalevma that was a sweet made with honey and linseed.

What honey offers to our health.

The constituents of thyme honey render it with indisputable medical properties. It is antiseptic and tonic, raises the rhythm of heartbeats and contributes to the proper function of the human body.

We present you three reasons why you must include thyme honey in your diet:

  1. It has preventive properties against cancer. Inhibits the multiplication of cancerous cells in the prostate and the breast. Greek thyme honey is rich in antioxidants, polyphenols, and phenols.

  2. Has antibacterial action.Prevents the development of bacteria and other pathogens. Externally is used for the healing, cleansing and disinfection of wounds and burns. It possesses an antibacterial action and is, therefore, suitable for cancer that is caused by the Helicobacter of the pylorus, etc.

  3. Protects the peptic system.Through its prebiotic and probiotic action promotes the useful flora in our peptic tube the damage of which is considered as the cause of many diseases.

Attention! Infants under one year of age and persons allergic to honey should not eat it.

Be advised always about the correct quantities you should use in your diet.

Ideas to enjoy thyme honey of Tinos island.

  •     In baking as a replacement for sugar.

  •     With bread and butter.

  •     With yogurt and nuts.

  •     Inside raki (rakomelo).

  •     In the vinaigrette sauce.

  •     As a sweetener in tea, milk and coffee.

  • Reviews (1)
  • By on  23 Feb. 2017 (Thyme honey from Tinos island 500gr.) :

    Wonderful thyme honey from Greece

    I live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and I'm so glad to have found a Greek honey supplier in States.
    This thyme honey is very good!! Highly recommended.

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