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Greek Honey at New Canaan Olive Oil

Honey from Greece

Our honey from Greece is from The Olive Table. It is 100% natural and raw.   Raw honey has not been filtered, heat-treated or processed in any way. This delicious honey is available for in-store purchases, and in three flavors: Pine, Reiki, and Chestnut.

Here are a few of our favorite honey facts:
  • It takes about 60,000 bees, collectively traveling up to 55,000 miles and visiting more than 2 million flowers, to gather enough nectar to make one pound of honey.
  • Honey can soothe your throat and quiet your cough. The World Health Organization (WHO) lists honey as a demulcent, which is a substance that relieves irritation in your mouth or throat by forming a protective film. 
  • Honey is a powerhouse of a healer. It has antibacterial, antifungal, and antioxidants activities that make it ideal for treating wounds.
  • Locally produced honey, which will contain pollen spores picked up by the bees from local plants, introduces a small amount of allergen into your system. Theoretically, this can activate your immune system and over time can build up your natural immunity against it.

Pine Honey

Pine honey comes from the forests of Peloponnese and has a woody, slightly caramelized flavor.  This ‘forest’ honey is rich in minerals and amino acids, the building blocks of proteins, and has fewer calories than flower honeys.  Pine honey represents the majority of total honey production in Greece, approximately 60%, and is resistant to crystallization.

Pine honey pairs well with soft bloomy-rind cheeses.

Reiki (Mediterranean Heather) Honey

Reiki has one of the strongest and most pungent flavors of all Greek honey.  It is a darker, fragrant flower honey with a lingering floral finish.  Heather honey has high nutritional value, is rich in iron and protein, and has been prized since ancient times for its medicinal properties.  It crystallizes in one to three months.

Due to its strong flavor, Reiki pairs well with well-aged, slightly salty cheeses such as Manchengo, and strongly flavored cheeses such as blue cheese.  It also complements Parmesan and Pecorino cheeses as well as cured meats such as prosciutto and salami.

Chestnut Honey 

A unique flavor suited to savory dishes, hearty meats and strongly flavored/aged cheeses. Rich in iron and vitamins B and C, Chestnut is one of the healthiest honeys and a favorite of those who prefer a strong, less sweet honey. Also ideal as a flavoring in baking.

Chestnut honey complements strongly flavored or aged cheeses such as Stilton and Gorgonzola. Try it the Tuscan way – drizzled over a piece of Pecorino Toscano with some fresh pears – or drizzle it over sweet Italian crepes filled with ricotta cheese. Also complements yogurt and other cream desserts.

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