Within Greece, Kefalonia has always been one of the better known regions for producing excellent Thyme honey. Its summers are extremely dry, and being the largest island in the Ionian Sea, it has several large mountain ranges that create an expansive unique environment that only serves to intensify the honey's complex aroma and flavor.
Delectable and Distinctive
Antheion Thyme Honey has a well balanced floral and spicy flavor that pairs well with greek yogurt, as well as cheeses. The end result is a delicious contrast of complex flavors and textures, with a surprisingly harmonious blend of both the sweet and the savory.
Beekeeping for Thyme Honey
The Bees are moved to the central mountains of the island of Kefalonia where the Thyme plant grows in abundance and blooms in mid summer. It is an arid and rocky terrain, that is home to many of the herbs found in the Lamiacaea (Mint) family of plants. Although Antheion Thyme Honey is a monovarietal honey, it does contain small traces of nectar of similar plants in the mint family - wild oregano, mint, etc... thus creating a unique honey rarely found elsewhere in the world.
The health benefits of Thyme honey have been known since ancient times. Much like Manuka honey, Thyme honey has excellent anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Furthermore, it is also commonly used to treat sore throats. Although research is ongoing, some studies have shown that Thyme honey also has a negative effect on certain cancers.
In general, a diet that substitutes honey for table sugar has been shown to increase disease fighting antioxidants in the blood.