Honey contains sugars which differ from glucose, making it appropriate even for diabetes patients! It is rich in vitamins and antioxidant substances, which also act against cancer. The main vitamin of honey (E) along with other substances serves to remove from the body the harmful elements deriving from the metabolism or from external factors such as smoking, radiation and various carcinogenic substances. The Cretan honey is an absolutely natural product and it is produced in areas with endemic vegetation. As it is known today, the biome of the island is rich in endemic plants and especially in aromatic plants, offering the Cretan bees their favorite food.
Crete is rich in self-sown trees, such as thyme, sage, blackberry bush, oregano, pine, acacias, strawberry trees and of course the cultivated citrus trees. The processing of honey is made in a natural way, without high temperatures that destroy the vitamins. According to official data, there are 2.206 apiarists in Crete with 142.856 beehives. Crete ranks fourth at a national level with a production of 1.673 tons of honey in 2004.
Today the apiculturists carry their beehives from place to place, depending on the existence of flowers. So, early in spring they take them to the orange groves and generally to low altitudes, so that the bees can collect juices from the floriferous plants and later they take them to higher altitudes, when the aromatic herbs and plants blossom, especially the thyme that gives the Cretan honey its distinctive taste. The “grape-harvest” takes place in July, August and September.