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Thyme Honey

Harvested by Giorgos Tsoupakis

Delicate and intensely aromatic honey harvested from the remote, rocky mountains of Sfakia, Crete. Its high thyme pollen content (40%-80%) gives this honey strong antibiotic, antiseptic and sore throat relief properties. This honey goes from the honeycomb, untreated and unheated, straight into the jar.

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Thyme honey is an integral part of the Cretan diet and stands out from other types of honey due to its unique flavour and aroma, but also due to its numerous health benefits, such as serving as a strong antioxidant, sore throat relief while it has been proven to prevent cholesterol and certain types of cancer.

On Crete thyme (of the ‘Thymus Capitatus’ variety) grows spontaneously and widespread and large populations are found from sea level up to 1000-meter altitude, but several studies have shown that plants originating from higher altitudes are richer in thymol, a strong antiseptic and anti-bacterial substance. 

Because thyme grows wild it is usually organic in nature. Our honey is harvested from the mountainous rocky region of Sfakia, between Kallikratis and Frangokastello, one of the most rough and uninhabited areas of the island. Many of Crete’s indigenous wild flowers and herbs find refuge here.

In August, when the plant’s flowers is in full blossom, this whole area resembles a sea of purple bushes where bees fly from flower to flower to collect their precious nectar. That’s why Giorgos, the beekeeper, chose this area for his hives. While in most thyme honeys, the percentage of thyme nectar usually does not exceed 35%, Giorgos’ honey reaches up to 80% giving it its unique flavour, aroma and strong health properties.

Giorgos is a typical man of this renown region of Crete; tall, strong, with a rough voice of few words, with a soft, generous heart. Like most men of Sfakia, he is proud of his heritage, but especially of his bees. Giorgos’ only family are his bees which he nurtures all year round, especially in the tough, cold winter days, when the bees need it most. His goal is to produce the island’s best honey, according to the best and environmentally-friendly beekeeping practices. We, Artisans of Crete, work closely with him to achieve his goal.

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Thyme Honey

Thyme Honey

Delicate and intensely aromatic honey harvested from the remote, rocky mountains of Sfakia, Crete. Its high thyme pollen content (40%-80%) gives this honey strong antibiotic, antiseptic and sore throat relief properties. This honey goes from the honeycomb, untreated and unheated, straight into the jar.

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