If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would.
only have four years of life left.
No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants,
no more animals, no more man.
– ALBERT EINSTEIN
The tradition of collecting honey is a tradition of thousands of years in Greece, and even back in the ancient times,
It has even since then been considered the best honey in the world ever since, and from then used as healing and an important nutritional supplement.
Greek honey has recently become internationally known and awarded, because of its proven nutritional benefits and its pure and sweet taste.
The story of beekeeping in Greece
The Greeks often moved closer and into the wild in the past to be able to begin beekeeping on a large scale.
Remains of beehives and pottery used has been discovered by the archeologists all the way back to the Hellenistic periods.
They even have found evidence that beekeepers lived as nomads and moved their beehives according to season, and when and where there were blooming of different plants.
This tradition is still valid today, and today’s honey producers take advantage of the different plants in nature to produce different varieties of honey.
In many areas and islands in Greece, it can be finding families in the 5th and 6th generation as honey farmers of the amazing award priced Greek golden honey, considered as “superfood” around the world today.
So why is it that the Greek honey is best?
Greek honey is unique because of the country’s famed biodiversity and temperate climate. The wide variety of trees and flowers found in Greece makes the country’s fauna a “toy store” for bees, who can produce honey with different tastes depending on the plants and flowers in their surroundings.
One of the known tastes is pine honey. The pine honey has i.e., a distinctive, delicious taste that is different than flower honeys. The bees are fed from the microorganism on the pine threes and not the actual three or flower.
Another taste known in Greece is thyme honey. In Greece there is a lot of wild thyme. The thyme honey is made of nectar and pollen from the thyme flowers. This honey becomes like thyme, a more aromatic honey, with a more intense taste.
It takes 4 kilograms of nectar to make 1 kilogram of honey. Consequently 13.000 bees must travel 177.000 km to collect it from 3-4 million of flowers.
What happens if the bees disappear from our planet?
Bees have the role to pollinate plants and trees we need for food, and other parts for our ecosystem to work.
If they disappear, it will have the impact that in a very short period our whole ecosystem will break down, and life on the plane will die because of this.
Today’s climate changes have impacted the world’s bee populations, and they have been decreasing at an alarming rate. Not only the scientists and bee-experts, but all of us should stress the importance of supporting beekeepers and any part of the system around them, so it helps keep essential bee populations strong.
The queen may lay 500,000 eggs during her 2–3-year life span
Greek honey in Rhodes
Also, Rhodes is lucky to have a big beekeeper tradition, with around 70 smaller or bigger beehives around the island in the woods and area with a good fauna for bees with wild herbs and flowers.
Rhodes also has a unique Bee Museum, where the visitors can visit, learn about the bees, valuable bee products, the history of beekeeping, and you can see the working bees in transparent observation hives located inside the museum.
The products made from the bees except the different varieties of honey is product such as royal jelly, pollen, vax, propolis, sweets, cosmetic products and skin treatment.
The honey with the most taste awards in the world originates from Rhodes islands.