The fine honey found on Kos surely lives up to its reputation! Rich in taste and aromas, the local honey of Kos is surely not to be missed when visiting the island. Hippocrates used honey and its products for healing purposes. According to him, the bee’s sting is supposed to be beneficial in diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.
Thyme thrives on the island, along with other native flowers and herbs, allowing beekeepers to produce highly nutrient honey. In addition to pine, heather and thyme honey, local honey makers also sell pollen, royal jelly and honey wine, in cooperation with local wineries. Beeswax is used in natural scented candles and in natural creams to soothe dry skin or potential burns, making for an entirely made-in-Kos gift to take back home! Visitors are able to acquire all honey and beeswax products from the local market or taste them firsthand on the island's visitable honey production sites.
From professional chefs to local housewives, all people use honey in cooking, tea, or traditional desserts. Kos’ local honey is used to top traditional katimeria or loukoumades (the Greek dough fritters), make traditional baklava or accompany handmade cheese pies and is a great alternative to sugar, as it contains a variety of nutrients and antioxidants that improve heart health and help in the healing of burns and wounds.
There are about 50 families in the honey business, producing some 200 tons in total. In fact, a single family owned business of honey making in Kos owns 500 hives and may produce up to 8-10 tons a year! You may as well visit some of them!