10% of honey production in our country is made of thyme, with the largest percentage being produced on our islands. A honey with a rich amber color and a pleasant aroma that wins young and old alike, it has much more to offer us besides indulgence of the senses, such as health and protection against cancer and bacterial infections.
Greek thyme honey is rich in carbohydrates in the form of glucose at a rate of approximately 30% and fructose at a rate of approximately 37%. Furthermore, it contains more than 25% pollen grains, sometimes reaching an impressive 85%! This quantity in pollen grains makes them particularly rich in metals and trace elements such as calcium, magnesium, boron, silicon, iron, zinc and manganese. It also contains the flavonoids quercetin, hesperidin, catechin, kaempferol or naringenin, etc., in quantities that vary depending on the geographical origin.
Thyme honey has been used since ancient times for its beneficial properties. In our time, scientific studies have shown that it has a strong antimicrobial, antiseptic and antifungal effect, effectively preventing the viability of a wide range of resistant microbes and pathogenic fungi such as S.aureus, S. Epidermidis, E. coli, C. albigans etc. . It also has an anti-estrogenic effect at a low concentration as well as a chemoprotective effect against breast, prostate and endometrial cancer.
The high nutritional value and strong health-protective properties of thyme honey make it a biofunctional food, which when in our diet, offers health, stimulation and protection from diseases.