Τρίτη, 6 Μαρτίου 2012

Greek Honey in Ancient Greece

Since prehistoric times humans knew how to collect the honey and how to use in foods. For centuries because of lack of knowledge about sugar, honey was the only sweetener in use. Even gods of ancient Greeks where fed on nectar and ambrosia. Honey held an essential role in the ancient Greeks diet and not a supplementary as it was a natural and healthy product. From fragmentary information about the composition of the meals of the ancient Greeks we see that honey is included daily in their diet, either alone or as material used in various sauces and desserts.

The Greek poets Hesiod and Pindar indicated that Aristaeus son of Apollo, god of music and harmony, and Kirene daughter of King Ypsea were those suggested the breeding of bees, cultivation of grape and olive, protectors of shepherds and hunters.
Writings have been found of Hippocrates, Aristotle and Democritus referenced to the beneficial properties of Greek honey in health and longevity, while Pythagoras and his followers had honey as the main food. It was believed to have antiseptic and medicinal properties and for this reason they used it to mummify their dead. Is mentioned that the body of Alexander the Great was treated that way.
Today you can buy Greek honey even online from various e-shops, it is a choice that can boost your diets nutrition value and you with energy.

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