Chestnut Tree Honey of Mount Athos
The best chestnut tree’s blossom honey in Greece, is produced in the protected chestnut forests of Mount Athos (Treaty Natura 2000). It is special and unique for its properties, with strong, pepper taste, peculiar smell, less sweet than the other kinds of honey, with a slight bitter aftertaste. By using these words, we could describe its macroscopic features. But the basic advantages of this honey are not the ones which are seen «by naked eyes».
Chestnut tree’s blossom honey is rich, perhaps the richest of all, in trace elements such as potassium, magnesium, manganese and barium, but in fructose and tannins as well, due to the chestnut tree. This honey contains a large quantity of pollen grains, which give it a very strong taste. This is one of its main advantages, because the strong presence of the pollen increases its nutritional value. It causes perspiration, it helps blood circulation and it is also a very good «tonic».
In addition, it has got styptic, disinfect and healing properties especially useful in urinary and digestive system, providing antimicrobial action to the intestine. It is recommended to everyone who exercises, elders and people who have problems with prostatis or prostatitis. It may also act as a styptic in cases of dysentery. Chestnut tree’s blossom honey, combined with particular essential oils, propolis and pollen give “propolis honey” (Arohoney, Aromiel, Aromelia), which are products of high nutritional value in a large variety of diseases.
Chestnut tree’s blossom honey is a honey of mixed origin, of chestnut trees blossom nectar and honey secretions. However, scientifically, it is placed in the category of «blossom honey», because of its physicochemist characteristics -its sugar is counterclockwise. When the beekeepers want to strengthen the bee swarms, they take them to the chestnut tree. Bees love the chestnut tree’s blossom, they are stimulated and soon they become aggressive around their beehive. They collect «nectar» every day till late, even after the sunset.
Unfortunately, in our country, Greece, the chestnut tree’s blossom honey is not well-known. But it is well-known and in great demand for its beneficial properties in the markets of central Europe and Russia.