Volos Agricultural Beekeeping Association was founded in 1961 and since then has been active in the honey trade on behalf of its members. From the same year it has a retail store of bee products and beekeeping equipment. It is a primary cooperative form of activity exclusively in the field of apiculture. It currently consists of 73 members. The partners are residents of Volos or nearby areas of Magnesia Prefecture. The operation of the cooperative is based on a specific statute and has as its primary concern the professional support of its members by purchasing their product at satisfactory prices and by providing affordable equipment and supplies.
On the one hand Pelion, the mountain of the Centaurs of Greek mythology, full of wild herbs and wildflowers and on the other the Thessalian plain with the cultivated areas, give our honey a rich aroma and taste and shades ranging from clear yellow, , gray to almost black.
Our honeys are divided into two major categories: nectar honeys derived from flower nectar and honeysuckles collected mainly from pine, fir and oak forests.
The color and taste of honey are essential features that combine with its aroma and overall quality.
They depend directly on the plants from which the honey was collected.
Honey can be stored for years at low temperatures and relative humidity, protected from light and away from odors.
Because it crystallizes
Crystallization of honey is a natural property of it and as a natural process it causes no change in its nutritional and biological properties.
Each type of honey has a different tendency for crystallization which depends mainly on its vegetable origin and its composition. For example, thyme honey crystallizes within six months to two years of its collection while fir honey remains fluid for years.
At low winter temperatures, honey crystallizes more easily.
In any case, however, we can thaw honey in Bain-Marie, at 40-45 C. A little time is enough for the crystals to melt, without altering its biological and nutritional properties.
The main types of honey collected by our beekeepers and available in our store are:
Polyanhant honey collected mainly from the flowers of the cultivated areas of the field (clovers, sunflowers, cotton, aromatic plants), with a light taste and aroma, pale that crystallizes relatively quickly.
Very nutritious honey with heavy, strong aroma and slightly bitter taste, rich in pollen and trace elements, enriched by the flavors and aromas of mountain herbs (wild currants, olives, heaths, etc.).
It comes from the bush nectar of Arbudus unedo which is abundant in Pelion region with characteristic bitter taste, special nutritional value, rich in trace elements and vitamins that crystallizes relatively quickly.
Honey rich in trace elements and vitamins with a mild taste that most like and very slow crystallization. Sometimes it contains nectar from the wild flowers that bloom in the olive groves at the time of collection.
It is produced by the honeycomb secretions of marchalina hellenica that parasitize in the pine forests of Greece. Pine honey has a high nutritional value due to the high concentration of trace elements and minerals, is not very sweet and it crystallizes slowly.
It is collected from the mountainous regions of Pelion in spring until early summer. Depending on the chestnut, its color and taste may vary from year to year depending on flowering, and may include wild grass, wild oregano, oak and all mountain herbs.
From the south-eastern region of Pelion, it is considered particularly tonic, as it is rich in proteins, minerals, enzymes and vitamins, distinguished by its dark reddish color, strong taste and delicate aroma, which crystallizes rapidly.
From the area of our region, light, amber, with strong aromatic and tasty characteristics with a moderate tendency for crystallization.
From the oak forests of our region, bees collect this dark honey, with a special taste and aroma, of high nutritional value, rich in trace elements and slow crystallization.
The contribution of the bee to pollination is well known, as it is the cornerstone of the reproductive activity, survival and evolution of plant species.
It is an essential element of bee nutrition, but now through a wealth of scientific work, the high value of pollen in human nutrition is becoming increasingly known.
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