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History

According to Greek mythology 'Melissa' (greek for 'bee') was a nymph that nursed Zeus in the sacred cave of Crete, feeding him with honey. She was the daughter of the first king of Crete, 'Melisseas', a name that is the etymological source for the greek words 'melissa' ('bee') and 'meli ('honey'). She was also believed to have taught the art of apiculture (bee-keeping) to ancients Cretans. 

Findings at Knossos, the palace of the first civilization in Europe, the Minoans, are testament to the sacred position honey held in antiquity. The true wealth of Knossos was to be found in long narrow storerooms in the palace - where precious olive oil, honey and wine was stored in tall clay jars. 

Minoan jewelry - Bee pendant

Honey has been used in Greece since ancient times for many purposes such as nutrition, medicine and pharmacology.  It was beleived to be the food of the Olympus Gods ('nectar'). For many centuries, honey was regarded as sacred, due to its exceptional properties as well as its rarity. It was used in religious ceremonies to pay tribute to the gods, at social events and for a variety of cosmetic purposes. 

Tradition supports that the great mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras followed a diet which consisted primarily of raw, unadultered honey for its natural youth-giving properties in combination with vegetables.

The father of modern medicine, Hippocrates, used honey for its healing anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant effect on sores and wounds. Greek athletes consumed thyme and pine honey during their training for the ancient Olympics in order to boost their energy levels and performance.

Cretan honey 

The 'Nectar of the Gods' is generously offered to us by the blessed nature of the island of Crete. The excellent climate, rich soil and unique floral varieties of the region as well as the diversity of the landscape constitute a perfect environment for the development of apiculture. Valleys, mountains, plateaus, hills and beaches are all found in close proximity to each other thus favouring the coexistence of many aromatic plants, many of which belong to the world's rarest species.

                    Vita&Terra Honey

Honey is a delicious sweetener made naturally by bees for their own nourishment. The fascinating process of making honey begins when the bees feast on flowers, collecting the flower nectar in their mouths. Bees may travel about 90.000 km in order to visit more than 2,000,000 flowers from which they collect the nectar for the production of exactly 1 kilo of honey. This nectar then mixes with special enzymes in the bees' saliva, a process that turns it into honey. The bees carry the honey back to the hive, where they deposit it in the honeycombs. The fluttering of their wings provides the necessary ventilation to reduce the honey's moisture content, making it ready for consumption. The honey is then left to mature in the honeycombs from where it is collected, being a most nutritious natural product.

Nutritional value

Honey is the only sweetener, which can be used exactly as it was produced in nature. It contains simple sugars which are immediately absorbed by the human body, boosting its energy levels. It contains traces of enzymes, minerals, vitamins and amino-acids. It has antibacterial and antimicrobial activity as well as antiseptic properties, which render it useful for healing and cleaning or disinfecting wounds, curing small burns and abrasions. Honey is known to help with inflammations of the throat. It also regulates the acidity of the stomach and contains inorganic ingredients, known as trace elements, which play an important role in the metabolism .  It is the sweetest gift you can offer to your health !


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