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Cretan Honey with Honeycomb 15.5 oz

Cretan Honey with Honeycomb 15.5 oz

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  • Rich & Complex Flavor
  • Rich in Vitamins & Minerals
  • Primarily Produced in Crete

Cretan honey with honeycomb is a special type of honey originating from the Greek island of Crete. This honey is highly regarded for its unique flavor and quality. 

Cretan honey is primarily made from the nectar of various wildflowers, herbs, and trees found on the island of Crete. The diverse flora of the region contributes to the honey's distinct taste.

What sets Cretan honey with honeycomb apart is the presence of honeycomb within the jar. The honeycomb is the natural beeswax structure created by honey bees to store their honey. Including the honeycomb in the jar provides both visual appeal and an extra layer of flavor to the honey.

Product Details

Each recyclable glass jar contains 15.5 oz / 440 grams of honey.

As a natural product, pure honey may crystallize over time. To restore it to its liquid form, simply warm the jar in a bowl of warm water.

Do not feed honey to babies under one year of age.

Farm Information

Honey from Crete is highly regarded for its quality and unique characteristics, making it a sought-after product. Here are some reasons why honey from Crete is considered to be exceptionally good:

Diverse Flora: The island of Crete has a rich and diverse range of plant species due to its varied geography and climate. This diversity results in a wide array of nectar sources for honeybees. The bees forage on wildflowers, herbs, and trees, which contribute to the complex flavor profile of Cretan honey.

Pure and Untouched Environment: Much of Crete's landscape remains untouched by modern agriculture and urban development. This pristine environment means that the honey produced in the region is less likely to be contaminated by pesticides or pollutants.

Traditional Beekeeping: Crete has a long history of beekeeping, and many beekeepers on the island use traditional and sustainable methods to harvest honey. These practices help maintain the integrity of the honey and preserve the natural environment.

Unique Varieties: Crete is known for producing several unique varieties of honey, each with distinct characteristics. For example, thyme honey from Crete is highly regarded for its intense flavor, while chestnut honey is prized for its rich, dark color and robust taste.

Health Benefits: Cretan honey is believed to have various health benefits. It is rich in antioxidants and has been used in traditional medicine for its potential healing properties. It is also a natural source of vitamins and minerals.

Local Expertise: Local beekeepers in Crete have a deep understanding of the island's flora, climate, and beekeeping techniques. This expertise contributes to the high quality of Cretan honey.

Honeycomb Inclusion: As mentioned earlier, some Cretan honey products include honeycomb within the jar. The honeycomb adds texture and an extra layer of flavor to the honey, making it even more special.

Unique Flavors: Cretan honey is known for its rich and complex flavors. The taste can vary depending on the season, the specific plants that the bees foraged, and the geographical location of the hives. This diversity in flavors is highly appealing to honey enthusiasts.

Local Traditions: Crete has a deep-rooted tradition of honey production, and this knowledge has been passed down through generations. This continuity in beekeeping practices ensures the maintenance of the quality and authenticity of Cretan honey.

Global Recognition: Cretan honey has received various awards and accolades for its quality. It is well-regarded not only in Greece but also internationally.

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition facts (per 100g)
Energy 1340 kj
Fat, of which saturates 0g
Carbohydrate 80g, of which sugars 70g
Protein 0g
Salt 0,005g

Awards

  • Mediterranean Taste Gold Award 2020

Pairs Well With

Cretan honey with honeycomb pairs well with a variety of foods and ingredients due to its unique flavor profile. Here are some suggestions on what this honey can be paired with:

Greek Yogurt: Cretan honey is a classic topping for Greek yogurt. The combination of creamy yogurt and the sweet, slightly floral notes of the honey, along with the chewy honeycomb, creates a delicious and healthy snack or breakfast.

Cheese: Honeycomb pairs wonderfully with cheese, especially with mild to semi-hard cheeses like Manchego, Brie, or Pecorino. The sweet and slightly waxy honeycomb complements the creamy or salty flavors of the cheese.

Fresh Fruits: Drizzle Cretan honey over fresh fruits like figs, apples, pears, and berries. The honey adds a natural sweetness that enhances the fruits' flavors.

Bread and Pastries: Spread Cretan honey with honeycomb on toast, bagels, croissants, or scones. It can also be used as a filling for pastries or as a glaze for sweet bread.

Tea and Coffee: Sweeten your hot beverages with a spoonful of Cretan honey. It adds a rich, natural sweetness that complements the flavors of various teas and coffees.

Salad Dressings: Incorporate Cretan honey into homemade salad dressings. It can add a delightful sweet element to vinaigrettes, particularly those with balsamic vinegar.

Meats: Use honeycomb or honey as a glaze for roasted or grilled meats, such as chicken, pork, or lamb. The honey's sweetness and caramelization can create a flavorful crust.

Desserts: Drizzle Cretan honey on ice cream, cheesecakes, or other desserts to enhance their sweetness and provide a unique, slightly chewy texture.

Nuts: Pair Cretan honey with a variety of nuts, such as almonds, walnuts, or pistachios. It makes for a tasty topping for nut-based snacks or desserts.

Charcuterie Boards: Include Cretan honey with honeycomb as a part of a charcuterie board. It complements the cured meats, cheeses, and other elements, providing a balance of sweetness.

Warm Brie or Camembert: Warm a wheel of Brie or Camembert and serve it with Cretan honey and crusty bread. The combination of warm, gooey cheese with honey is a delightful appetizer.

Experiment with these pairings to discover your favorite combinations and to make the most of the unique flavors and textures of Cretan honey with honeycomb.

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