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Greek honey: a delicious local product and its secret of longevity

Greece ● 25 April 2017
 

One of the most precious and fine local products you can find in Greece, buy in low prices and take back home to remember the delicious Greek cuisine is honey. Honey is considered one of the most nutritious and healthy sweetener, and in Greece, it is used in many delicacies for its amazing taste.

The Greek honey is popular thanks to its quality and great taste. It is considered to be some of the finest honey in the world due to unlimited sun, the biodiversity in the Greek countryside and the rich variety of the flora. The honey that comes from thyme is the best honey in Greece, and you can find it in shops with local, traditional products as well as in super markets everywhere in Greece at reasonable prices.

Honey is used as topping in delicacies, like loukoumades, or as a main ingredient of the breakfast with Greek yoghourt. You can also use honey with bread and butter or as a sweetener in your tea. In Greece, there is, furthermore, an alcoholic drink, which is called rakomelo that consists of raki and honey, giving the strong taste of raki a softer and sweater essence.

Greek honey

The health benefits of honey, one of the oldest sweeteners on earth, are numerous. It contains antioxidants and flavonoids that reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease, and it can also help with the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders. Furthermore, honey is antibacterial, and especially the Greek honey possesses large amounts of friendly bacteria. It heals wounds and burns, strengthens the immune system, improves eyesight and weight loss, helps with coughs and increases athletic ambience.

These therapeutic properties of honey were known in ancient Greece. The infamous philosopher Democritus (5th century B.C.), who developed the atomic theory of the universe and lived until the age of 90, was once asked about his secret of longevity. He responded by saying that the secret lies in "coating one’s body with oil externally, and with honey internally".

In addition to food and drink recipes, honey can also be used in beauty treatment for skin and hair because it is considered to be moisturising and nourishing. A cream that consists of honey and wax is very popular in Greece, and you can find it in stores that sell natural cosmetics.

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