Organic Fir Honey

ehor Organic Fir Honey

Greek Fir (Abies cephalonica) is a fir native to the mountains of Greece, primarily in the Peloponnesos and the island of Kefallonia, The Greek fir is a very rare plant, seen only at a few botanic gardens. Greek honey is considered to be one of the finest honey in the world. This is largely due to the rich variety of Greek flora and unlimited summer sun.

Nutrition Facts

Per 100 gr

Per Tablespoon (21 gr)

Energy

769 kJ / 181 kcal

161.5 kJ/ 38 kcal (1.9%)

Fat

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of which - saturates

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Carbohydrate

45.2 g

9.5 g (3.7 %)

of which - sugars

38 g

8 g (8.9 %)

Protein

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Salt

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ETYMOLOGY / ANTIQUITY

Honey, Old English hunig, from Proto-Germanic *hunagam, The more common Indo-European word is represented by Gothic miliþ (from PIE *melith "honey;" see Melissa, Melissa fem. proper name, from Latin, from Greek (Ionic) melissa (Attic melitta) "honeybee," also "one of the priestesses of Delphi," Greek meli, Latin mel "honey; sweetness''.

Honey has been valued by the Greeks since ancient times, dating back to at least 6000BC, both as a food and medicinal source. There are innumerable references to honey throughout ancient Greek history with references for more than 40 ancient names for honey container types.

  • Aristotle’s works (322 B.C) proved to be a milestone as well in Ancient Greece as in the rest of the civilized world of the times. Aristotle was the first who scientifically studied the bee. Aristotle believed that honey prolonged life. Greek mythology tells us that Nectar was the food of the gods in Olympus and that Zeus was raised on honey. Honey was the first sweetener used by the Greeks in their diet, and, along with the olive and grape they formed the beginning of Greek gastronomy. In antiquity, honey was considered a heavenly gift. Ambrosia (honey and milk) was the food of the Greek gods and the celestial Nectar. It was reputed to impart a divine bloom, beauty and vigour to those who were so fortunate as to obtain it. Nectar possessed wondrous life-giving properties, the power to prevent decay and secure immortality.
  • Zeus, father of the gods, was nurtured with honey. the daughters of the Cretan king Melissos, the nymphs Melissa (the bee) and her sister Amalthea (the goat), nursed Zeus with honey and milk. Homer gave Zeus the epithet, Essenos, the Bee King. On many ancient Greek coins there is the head of Zeus and on the reverse side, a bee.  Zeus rained honey (honeydew) which had the power to raise the dead.
  •  Plutarch, an ancient greek historian, called honey the saliva of the stars (saliva siderum).
  • The father of Medicine, Hippocrates (462-352 B.C) prescribed honey to all people but especially to patients. He believed that honey could prolong human's life. In Greek mythology, in which honey is the drink of the gods of Olympus, it is the symbol of knowledge and wisdom. It is a food reserved for the elite, the initiated, and to exceptional people in this world. Hippocrates wrote that "Honey and pollen cause warmth, clean sores and ulcers, soften hard ulcers of lips, heal carbuncles and running sores."
  • Greek tradition claims that Pythagoras, an ancient greek mathematician and philosopher  ate nothing but honey throughout his entire life.
  • Solon, the great law maker of Athens (640-558 B.C.) set out a number of legal measures related to the apiculture (bee-keeping) of that period.
  • Democritus, another greek philosopher, in reply to what would be possible for humans to do in order to stay healthy and live longer, he answered” “One should nourish his skin with olive oil and his insides with honey”. 

USAGE

Besides the culinary use in specific dishes or as a dressing in salads, honey can be applied as an alternative to sugar in herbal drinks and it is a perfect snack when combined with yogurt and nuts.

Raw honey can be affected greatly when it comes into contact with other substances when still in jar.  It would be wise to use a honey dipper in order to avoid double dipping and ensure that the product sustain its good quality and keeps its beneficial properties.

STORAGE

Store honey at room temperature – your kitchen counter or pantry shelf is ideal.

Because honey is pure and unprocessed it may crystallize. Storing honey in the refrigerator accelerates the honey’s crystallization. Crystallization is the natural process in which liquid in honey becomes solid. It is not a sign of bad quality, as all honey does so over a period of time.

If your honey crystallizes, simply place the honey jar in warm water and stir until the crystals dissolve. Or, place the honey in a microwave-safe container with the lid off and heat it, stirring every 30 seconds, until the crystals dissolve. Be careful not to boil or scorch the honey.

Warning

Do not feed honey (even pasteurized honey) or baked goods containing honey to children younger than 1 year. Honey may contain the botulism agent Clostridium botulinum, which, while inactive in honey, can multiply in a baby’s undeveloped digestive system. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, consult your doctor before using honey. 

Additional note: Serious topical infections and wounds should be treated by a medical professional. Do not attempt to heal wounds with honey from a jar; it might not be sterile.