You collect from the nectar and the honey secretions of Kastania (Castanea sativa) of the so-called “Queen of the Mountain” from the virgin “chestnut forest” of the Southeastern Peloponnese at an altitude of over 800m. in early summer June to July.
The honey secretions are produced by the aphid Myzocallis castanicola that you find on the lower surface of the leaves but also on the cups that surround the chestnut fruits. Usually its nectar secretion & honey secretion are accompanied by the nectar secretions of a variety of wildflowers & wild herbs with the result that the honey you collect is a “Feast of flavors”. Special and unique for its properties with intense, peppery taste, special & strong aroma, less sweet than other honeys & with a slightly bitter aftertaste.
According to a research carried out by the Beekeeping laboratory of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Ms. Tananaki studied the antioxidant & bacterial action of 9 pure Greek honeys as well as the famous Manuka honey produced in New Zealand. From the above research it was found that the highest antioxidant activity after oak honey was presented by Kastania honey. A full presentation of the research can be found at the end of the text in the section “Scientific articles”
TYPE Chestnut honey
CATEGORY Flower honey with honeycomb characteristics
COLOR Dark brown to black
TASTE Intense strong sub-bitter with duration
FRAGRANCE Heavy Intense
CRYSTALLIZATION> 18 months
AREA Southeastern Peloponnese
PERIOD June – July