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History of Honey
Scholars report that honey and the art of beekeeping came to Greece from Ancient Egypt. In Phaistos, a well-known city of the Minoan civilization, ceramic cells dating back to 3400 BC were found. The exquisite well-known gold jewel of Knossos, where two bees hold a honeycomb, dates from the same period.
Honey, drink and food of the gods - nectar and ambrosia -, held an important place in the daily life of people not only as food, but also as a means of healing.
The bee is deified. She is the nymph to whom Rhea gave the "Cretan-born" Zeus as a baby, whom she raised with milk and honey in the Dikteian cave of Crete, while Melissa was also the name of the nymph who discovered the art of beekeeping and the preparation of mead, while later he taught it to the beekeeper Aristaeus, a demigod, who undertook to convey this knowledge to humans. The Bee is the nurturer of the father of the Gods Zeus, who is still called Melisseus and Melissaios and mead (=nectar) was the food of the Olympian Gods.
The Odyssey mentions "Melikraton", a mixture of honey and milk, which was drunk as an exquisite drink. In addition to Homer, there is a rich reference in theatrical and poetic works to Hesiod, Pindar, Callimachus, Apollodorus, Euripides, Archelaus, Athenaeus, Herodotus and so on, and from Byzantium with monks and travelers and writers to the present day.
In ancient life honey is used as:
- Apple honey. Apples preserved in honey throughout the year. The honey acquired the characteristic smell of apples. They adapted the same recipe with other fruits.
- Melikrate. Honey with milk. Children's food.
- Sour honey. Honey with vinegar. To treat fever.
- Water honey. Distilled beverage resulting from alcoholic fermentation of honey.
- Inomelo. Honey with wine.
Hippocrates extols the beneficial effect of "wine honey" on healthy and sick people, Pythagoras finds that honey eliminates fatigue, while Democritus writes about the well-being and longevity due to honey.
In Sparta, pedagogues and teenage soldiers in training lived on Taygetus for a month, feeding exclusively on honey (honeymoon). Beekeeping is done systematically and organized as a business. From the great lawgiver of the Athenians Solon (640-558 BC), laws and regulations are preserved that determine the distances between apiaries, so that there are no doubts about the ownership of the swarms.
Aristotle constructs a glass beehive to see how bees work and his writings "On Animal Stories" and "On the Creation of Animals" and the bee society emerges as a model for study and a model for the operation, structure and hierarchy of an ideal state.
Athens covered its grain imports with honey exports that went mainly to Constantinople and less to London and Marseilles.
The biodiversity of Greek nature, the climate of our country, the peculiarity of the Greek soil with its constant changes, but also the experience combined with the know-how of Greek producers, make Greek honey the best in the world. It is a unique product of its kind, rich in nutrients, aroma and taste.
Amphoreus has collected the best varieties that nature can offer with all the necessary nutrients in a jar...