This "bitter" arbutus honey honey is so rare it is classified as a delicacy; it is only found in Greece, southern Portugal, Sardinia, and Corsica. The resulting honey is a pale beige-coloured rich, creamy honey which is quite "bitter honey", but delicious. It is made by bees feeding on the Arbutus Unedo tree flowers (Strawberry tree) - whose fruits, leaves and flowers are rich in vitamins and antioxidants.
It is known traditionally in Greece and other parts of the Mediterranean for its medicinal properties. it is packed with polyphenols - particularly homogentisic acid, which contributes to the bitter taste. It is one of the most highly antioxidant and antibacterial honeys in the world, probably better than Manuka honey. It results in a slower rise in blood sugar than most flower honeys (comparable to a tree honey such as pine, fir or oak tree honey), and so is often preferred by people on diets or diabetics. It is good for the lungs.
This incredible honey comes in very limited quantities and we are delighted to be able to bring it to you directly from the family of brothers in northern Greece who care of the bees.