Pine honey

Pine honey has antiseptic action, helps with inflammation and works against cough and gout.

Pine honey has antiseptic action, helps with inflammation and works against cough and gout. It is also a wonderful medicine to fight throat diseases while thanks to its low Ph and high hydrogen peroxide content, it effectively treats a wide range of pathogenic microorganisms, thus contributing significantly to the prevention and treatment of many diseases. In addition, pine honey has a strong anti-estrogenic effect on breast cancer cells, it is tonic, increases heart rate, reduces ulcer problems and because of its high choline content helps people with constipation. Finally, it does not contain the catalase enzyme and therefore has potent antimicrobial properties.

Pine honey is considered to be of high nutritional value. Its high nutritional value is due to its high ash content and the large number of different substances that coexist in its composition. Of these substances, minerals and trace elements (calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, copper, etc.) are predominant in pine honey. Except for trace elements, pine honey is rich in carbohydrates (fructose, dextrose, sucrose), organic acids, proteins, amino acids, minerals, enzymes, vitamins, sodium and potassium while having less calories compared with other honeys. Pine honey contribution to nutrition and human health is valuable and is therefore recommended for people with diabetes, athletes and children.

Pine honey comes from the honeycomb secretions of the insect Marchalina hellenica known as cotton, worker of pine.

About 65% of total honey production in Greece is pine honey. This makes pine the most important apiculture plant in Greece and pine honey the first in Greece produced honey. The main areas of pine honey production are northern Evoia, Chalkidiki, Thassos, Skopelos, Zakynthos, Rhodes and Crete. Honeycomb seizures start in large quantities from August to next April. However, the secretions used for the production of pine honey are those from August to October. The color of pine is characteristic and ranges from dark yellow to light brown as the pine produced in Spring is lighter and clearer than that produced in Autumn. Due to its low sugar content, the pine honey flavor has a mild sweetness and its aroma is unique and resembles that of iodine. The crystallization of pine is slow because of the low glucose content of the pine. In particular, pure pine honeys remain fluid, that is, without crystallization, for more than one and a half year.