The national spotlight fell upon the Greek island of Ikaria and particularly— the island’s honey.
CBS News featured a video spot on the island’s special elixir, which it suggested, could be the secret to the longevity of the island’s residents— who have one of the highest life-expectancies in the world.
The video featured the natural process involved in producing the honey, which involves no chemicals or industrial processing.
Honey throughout Greece is produced in similar ways, especially on Crete, which is one of the most prolific natural honey producers in Greece.
Most recently, Chef Maria Loi under her “Loi” brand of products began importing two kinds of honey from Crete to Whole Foods Markets throughout the Northeast, with plans for wider distribution throughout the United States.
But like the product from Ikaria, Chef Loi has a hard time keeping it on the shelves at the popular super market chain because of limited production.
“We can only bring as much as the bees produce,” Loi explains, adding that her honey is 100% natural and has no human or mechanical intervention other than the bee keepers pouring it from the beehives.
Many of her recipes feature honey as a substitute for sugar and her best-selling book, The Greek Diet, includes a lot of information about the medicinal values of the Greek delicacy.
Chef Loi’s honey isn’t available via mail order but several brands of honey from Crete are, including a fine brand from the mountains of western Crete that is farmed and imported by the Saviolakis family, which sells it via Amazon.