Honey is a natural product of high nutritional value. It is a source of naturally occurring sugars and contains more than 300 different compounds, such as vitamins, minerals, and other ingredients with antioxidant and antimicrobial properties.
The different varieties of honey, such as thyme honey, fir honey, pine honey etc. are noted for their differences in color, savory features as well as their content in nutrients and other compounds. These characteristics can even be affected by the area in which the beehives are located.
Honey production in the European Union is greatly influenced by the environmental conditions. Thus, production increases at a low rate. After China, the European Union is the 2nd largest honey producer in the world, approaching 5105,532 tons per year. Greece is consistently among the top seven honey producing countries in the European Union. Based on recent data from the Hellenic Statistical Authority, in 2016, Greek honey production approached 20,862 tons. Also, the annual consumption in Greece is close to 1.7kg per capita.
Honey is considered beneficial for our health and its production has a significant impact on the economy of our country. Therefore, it is extremely important for consumers to be confident about its quality and authenticity.