Pine is considered the most important beekeeping plant in our country and this is due to the fact that about 65% of total honey production comes from pines. The main areas of pine honey production are northern Evia, Halkidiki, Thassos, Crete, Skopelos, Zakynthos and Podos.
Honey is collected in the pine from the honey secretions of the insect Marchalina hellenica, with the common name “Worker or pine cotton”. This long-term symbiotic relationship of the two, offers us an exceptional result. The periods when the insect offers honeydew are from spring to mid-April before spawning and then begin in waves from late August to winter.
As it can be understood, as the time periods of honey secretion differ, so will the pure pine honey. Also, depending on the season when the beekeeper will harvest the honey, it may include honey from previous flowering. Its color can be light brown in spring, while it is darker in the rest of the season. Its aroma is not intense, but it is soft and warm. Its taste can be characterized as “woody”, resinous, without much intensity. However, this can vary depending on the percentage of other plants involved in the honey. For example, it may contain thyme, chestnut, heather, various flowers, etc. Characteristic of the autumn pine honey is the increased humidity, in relation to the summer one. Crystallization usually occurs at a slow rate after 2 years, and the reason is the low glucose level.
Pine Honey has a high nutritional value, is rich in minerals (magnesium, calcium, potassium), amino acids and enzymes, which makes it ideal for athletes, children and people with intense physical and mental activity. Studies show that pine honey has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic effects, while also helping to treat coughs and sore throats. As a honey with low sugar content, it ranks it as an ideal candidate for participation in diet programs and diabetics. In addition it has tonic properties, improves the cardiovascular system and reduces the problems associated with ulcers.
It is recommended to consume honey daily, especially in the morning, so that we realize in practice all the benefits and healing properties it offers us.
NUTRITIONAL STATEMENT TABLE per 100g
Energy 1456kJ / 343kcal
Fat (Saturated) 0g (0g)
Carbohydrates (Sugars) 85g (64g)