ikaria heather honey .Heather is a shrub found in Greece that is adorned with numerous flowers. From the nectar of these flowers, bees produce an autumn heather honey which possesses a special aroma and a unique taste.
Anamatomelo (as we call the heather honey here in Ikaria) is a product that has very high nutritional value and is one of the best options for stimulating the body. It has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which assist the urinary and digestive system.
Additionally, it can help lower cholesterol and is excellent honey for children with anaemia, as well as increase vigor and vitality in seniors.
The honey has a caramel flavor, an intense aroma of the flowers of heather and a red brass color that turns into caramel after crystallization. This crystallization occurs very quickly, ranging from one to three months after collection.
Anama (“heather”) honey (also known in Greece as “reiki”) comes from bees that forage on the native Fall heather that grows at high elevations on Ikaria.
Our Anama honey is pure, raw and never heated. It has an almost peanut butter like consistency – super thick, rich, strongly flavored and mildly sweet and is high in trace minerals. It has the aroma of a beehive and an earthy flavor profile with notes of beeswax, sassafras, burnt sugar, toffee, bourbon and toasty oak with a slight medicinal finish. It is a very unique honey.
It is not a good choice for cooking. Its flavors are too pronounced and it would dominate the dish. And the heat would destroy its healthy biological properties. Rather, like the other Ikarian honeys, it is best consumed plain (delicious!) or with foods like yogurt, bread or cheese where the unique flavors of the honey are highlighted.
Winter Anama is very special and is only available in years when the rainfall patterns allow for the Fall heather to bloom.
Please note – as described above, the Anama honey is very thick and almost solid. It does not pour.