One of the most important exhibits of the Museum of Heraklion, the Museum that guards most of the secrets of the famous Minoan civilisation, is a wonderful golden jewel, "two bees" which are said to be in love with each other. This is the most trustworthy testimony of the connection between the Cretan people and the bee.
Honey, this wonderful sweetener, contains various glucose sugars and can be consumed even by diabetes patients! Moreover, it is rich in vitamins and antioxidant substances (against cancer). The main vitamin of honey (Ε), along with other substances, removes from the body the harmful by-products of its own metabolism or other factors, like smoking, radiation and various carcinogens .
The cretan honey is a completely natural product and it is produced in areas with endemic vegetation. Today it is known that the island is rich in endemic plants and especially aromatic plants. These are the favourite food of the cretan bees...
If you go for a walk in the bee gardens of Crete you will realise why this island produces the most fragnant honey in the world: Thousands of bushes smell wonderful and some of them grow only in Crete! The Cretan apiculturists do not need to feed their bees with sugar because there are no dead seasons, or periods when the wild vegetation is covered with snow, so the bees can find their food on their own.
From the prehistoric times to the present day Crete has always produced honey! Through milleniums it seems that nothing has changed. Maybe the beehive was improved a bit but everything else has remained the same. The bees, the aromatic plants, the pure unspoilt environment of the island. The processing of the Cretan honey is also done in a natural way, without high temperatures that destroy the vitamins.