An exceptional flower honey and a valuable spice together in one jar.
«Krokos Kozanis» has been called red gold and is a valuable Greek spice which shields health, also known as saffron. Its place of origin is the town Krokos in Kozani, Macedonia.
The flowers are carefully collected by hand and then the valuable stamens of the flowers are removed, they are carefully and artfully dried, to create the scarlet thin threads. It has been estimated that about 85.000 flowers are needed to harvest one kilo of fresh saffron stamens.
It is a rare medicinal plant. It has a strong antioxidant and anti-aging action.
Its colour, aroma and the size of the spots determine its quality. It contains many volatile and aromatic compounds, lycopine, zeaxanthin, α, β and γ-carotene, carbohydrates and essential oils. It is tested in the laboratory for its content in water, in pectates, in the carotenoid picricocine which gives a slightly spicy flavour, in the aldehyde safranal, key ingredient of the essential oil which is the source of the characteristic aroma of the saffron.
It is used in pharmacy, in pastry making, in cooking. In minimum amounts, it gives a spicy flavour, a nice aroma and a yellow colour.
Flower honey is collected at an altitude of 300m – 1300m in the region of South-Eastern Peloponnese. Many of these areas are included in the NATURA 2000 Network, which is a network of nature protection areas in the territory of the European Union. After harvest, the honey is carefully filtered and packaged strictly within the month.
Bees collect nectar from the flowers of countless aromatic and medicinal plants of the area and produce aromatic flower honey. The nectar of the flowers collected by bees comes from the flowers of an extremely rich flora blooming under the beneficial Greek sun. Flower honey is light-coloured overall and crystallises easily. Crystallisation does not negate the beneficial properties of the flower honey (consumers use it as a criterion to “authenticate” the honey as flower honey).
It is composed of many substances: fructose, glucose, organic acids, amino acids, vitamins B and C, minerals and trace elements, enzymes, polyphenols, carotenoids, natural fragrances and so on.
Flower honey gives energy and stamina, regulates bowel function and enhances liver function. It contains very small amounts of protein and hardly any salt, substances which are forbidden to people suffering from kidney diseases.