Where is the best place to get my Corfu Honey?
We bought some from the honey man in Old Perithia when over last. But don't know if we will make it up there this time. We will be based in Benitsis
Trying to remember because it did move - think it is now in the back road between the old hospital road and the road to the harbour- runs parralel to both (if you know Aspasia's computer printer cartridge shop it is near there - she is the lovely half Irish half Greek girl) but will let you know as soon as I check up!
Message posted by Lavinia on 13áJuneá2011 at 5:00pm - IP Logged
Venturas the big fruit and vegetable store at Vrioni on the left on way into town from the south (just before the Ethniki Trapeza). He has a friend who is a beekeeper and I bought some delicious honey from him in the winter.
Message posted by Happy Wendy on 13áJuneá2011 at 5:53pm - IP Logged
Honey is expensive because it is pretty labour intensive and also in short supply due to varroa.
The bee cooperative it still, as I thought, near the old hospital.
The easiest way to direct people is leave San Rocco on the road to the old hospital, and take the first turning on the right (about 100 meters along the road). Go up here and take the first turning off on the left- almost opposite Aspasia's cartridge shop. The cooperative is along this road on the left hand side.
I know that honey is labour-intensive, but that doesn't explain why it's more expensive than e.g.Irish honey, particularly since Irish labour costs are so much higher.
I'm actually still none the wiser: is Corfiot honey something special? Is it better than other honeys? I usually buy some to go on my yoghurt while I'm in Corfu, but I don't think I've thought that it's particularly better than any other honey. Of course it's delicious, like all honey, but I suspect I may have missed something.
Perhaps I should take Shilpa up on the offer - I'll be in Psarras so Moraitika is pretty close.
Message posted by janmanessi on 14áJuneá2011 at 4:55pm - IP Logged
Greek honey has always had a very good reputation- and usually costs more than other honey wherever it is sold, locally or abroad.
Cheaper honey tends to be mass produced Bulgarian or similar which I remember my beekeeper husband said was pine honey- whereas the Greek honey varies- can be citrus, thyme and heather, etc. depending where the bees have been feeding, which obviously influences the taste.
It is a bit like olive oil- you can get perfectly acceptable standard olive oil in the supermarket or you can get the gourmet variety- at a price!
The best place to buy local honey is...believe it or not the Shell garage as you come out of Acharavi towards Kassiopi.
Spiro has his own hives and it is the best you will ever taste, no idea on the cost only because I take back the empty jar and he refills it, in the best Greek friend tradition, so, pop in for petrol and buy some honey, saves you driving all the way to old Perithia to buy some of his second cousins.
A lot of honey that you buy in supermarkets is blended from several sources.
Honey bought straight from the keepers or suppliers should be pure unblended.
I have had honey from local UK (Essex) farms which is very good. I had some from Portugal, again very good. But I don't know what it was about the Corfu honey. It had a very rich flavour. Almost buttery(?)
Message posted by kevessex on 17áJuneá2011 at 8:37pm - IP Logged
We get ours from a farm about 8k out of Paleo on the road up the hills towards Kassiopi. It was Ç6 per kg this year and is beautiful. We got 3kg to take home and a half for while we are here.
Message posted by seaangler (Chat Room Administrator) on 17áJuneá2011 at 10:18pm - IP Logged
At the end of the day...as busy as a bee.
They use their long, tubelike tongues like straws to suck the nectar out of the flowers and they store it in their "honey stomachs". Bees actually have two stomachs, their honey stomach which they use like a nectar backpack and their regular stomach.
Will not tell you what they do next with it.....
Another true fact...now do you like honey
Message posted by Elliemay on 17áJuneá2011 at 10:58pm - IP Logged
I really like the honey I get in Roda from George Christophis. Left hand side of the road heading down to the beach from the traffic lights. He's opposite Villa Eleni. His Discovery is often parked outside. Sells a lot of his honey in UK.
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