Calabrian honey: history and curiosities

Considered by the Greeks "the gods foods" and by Pythagoras elixir of long life, honey is still today a food appreciated for its numerous beneficial properties.

Honey is obtained from domestic bees, flower nectar or the secretions of certain plants. The bees' work consists in foraging, transforming and combining nectar with their own specific substances.

Following these steps, the bees deposit, dehydrate, store and finally let the honey mature in the honeycombs of the hive.

Honey is a completely natural product that does not require any transformation by man, but is exclusively the fruit of the bees' laborious work. It is rich in simple sugars, making it a highly energetic and sweetening food.

Beekeeping has been practised in Calabria since ancient times, today the region boasts the national supremacy in honey production. The most popular types of Calabrian honey are: eucalyptus, orange, clementine, chestnut and millefiori.

The beneficial properties of honey

Specifically, the eucalyptus honey is ideal for relieving coughs, as a remedy for bronchitis, antiseptic of the lungs and anti-catarrhal, while the orange honey has sedative and antispasmodic properties and is perfect for those suffering from insomnia and migraine; this type of honey is also indicated for those subject to ulcers, as it heals.

Chestnut honey also has therapeutic properties: it is in fact an excellent disinfectant for the urinary tract, is perfect for diabetics, promotes blood circulation and is astringent.

Honey is also particularly suitable for sportsmen, as it strengthens muscles, increases endurance and promotes recovery.