Raw Vanilla Fir honey is an extraordinary honey and highly prized, both within Greece and internationally both for it's rarity as well as it's luxurious texture and delicious taste. It is the only Greek honey with a DOP, (much like Champagne) it comes from only 4 mountains in the Peloponnese of southern Greece and is uniquely difficult to produce for bee and beekeeper alike. Many years there is none to be had at all.
Its appearance is lush and pearlescent and the taste is just pure luxury, incredibly smooth and thick. Being a honeydew it will not crystallize for a long time and will remain runny. It also has a very low water content which creates its thick unctuous texture.
Our Raw Vanilla Fir honey is produced by Panagiotos and by his permission I have reproduced a letter from him below.
"From the proud conditions of the Peloponnese,
Where there alone, nowhere else in Greece and in the whole world, are the immortal fir trees that produce this fine and rare honey...
The rendezvous with history is born on Mount Parnonas, with the blossoming of the fir tree starting somewhere in mid-May and then the fir trees give their unique sap,
Then our indigenous bees, with an abundant appetite, collect this crystallized sap with great difficulty, return it to their hive, where the struggle of processing it for food and storage in their hives begins, a difficult and complex effort for the bee as the nectar is crystallized like candy. . and it takes time and processing to be consumed by the bee and stored for future use...
And that is where the beekeeper steps in with absolute respect and admiration for this blessed insect and brings this treasure into your home.
What makes this honey so special, is not only its valuable properties for the body, not only its fancy appearance, not only its rich taste, but the endeavour required to produce it by bee and beekeeper together."
All this makes the "vanilla" honey to earn this special title of rare and special honey...