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Types of honey

There are many varieties of flowers where bees collect nectar, so there are many types of honey. Generally, honey takes the name of the flowers where the bees collect the most nectar. So we have 'Flower Honey' if honey comes from different flowers, 'Acacia Honey' from the acacia flower, and 'Dandelion Honey' from dandelions.

But honey is not only won from nectar. There is also forest and pine honey which is made from honeydew. Honeydew is a sugar juice that is secreted by aphids. The bees collect this juice from needles and leaves of pine trees.


Kalyvitis honey

Our bees make both thyme and pine honey. The thyme honey is produced in summer when thyme blooms. Then we place our beehives in the mountains where the thyme grows. So the bees have plenty of choice. In the autumn, once the thyme has finished blooming but the weather is still fine, we move the beehives up among the pine trees. From there, the bees take honeydew for making the pine honey.

The taste and structure of the two types of honey differ. The thyme honey tastes slightly sweeter, smells stronger and is more liquid than the pine honey. Two different types of honey from the same beehive, and equally delicious!!!


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Enter in to the world of the beehive

If you want to see for yourself how the ingenious honeybees fulfil their activities then pass by at Kalyvitis and ‘Enter in to the world of the beehive’; a workshop where:

* We explain how honeybees live and work

* You will visit our bees in their hive

* You’ll get served a delicious snack with… honey at the end

* You will receive a pot of real Kalyvitis honey to enjoy at home


If at the same time you wish to understand the Cretan olive oil harvest, we will willingly explain this to you.


The workshops start in the morning and take approximately 2½ hours at a cost of € 15,- p.p. (free for guests who stay at Kalyvitis). To make a reservation or for any questions, please visit the 'Contact us' page to send us a message.