Happy weekend to you all from California! Father’s day is almost here, so this is what I am making for my dad. Delicious honey glazed salmon, with butternut squash and Greek salad.
Happy Father’s Day to you all!
First off I would like to welcome an amazing Greek company that I met on Instagram. Not only do they offer one of the BEST honey’s out there, but they work hard to ensure that their products are top quality.
The Saviolakis family sent me 1 jar of Cretan thyme honey, and wonderful honey Greek Delight, in other words Loukoumi. I am not a huge fan of loukoumi, BUT this is the best I have had. The reason for this, is the Cretan thyme honey adds such a lovely flavor to these candies. The loukoumi literally melts in your mouth. Their packaging is really neat too, which would make such a lovely gift. (Did I mention that I received this package within a few days!! Very fast shipping, which I was impressed.)
Please meet the Saviolakis family proud owners of Cretan Honey USA. Let’s see how they started.
Saviolakis~ The Beginnings
We are a family owned and operated business with 250 years experience making honey. We are farmers and beekeepers first and foremost! Our honey is one of the rarest and most natural in all of Greece because 1) we make it in a protected NATURA natural park in Sfakia Crete Greece which has many protected and indigenous flora and fauna species including the flowers our bees feast on including our main product Thyme Honey 2) we collect the honey at an altitude of 4000-6000 feet one of the highest collected honey in Greece. At this height the air is much cleaner, the Thyme flower is unlike any found anywhere else, and the soil is better as well.
Attiki’s main product for example and many others on the market is also a blend of many honey from many different flowers whereas ours is just 1 honey from the Thyme flower (think of it like a blended scotch vs a single malt scotch )
Our small village, Anopoli, is located in the province SFAKIA of the southwest corner of the island of Crete. Anopoli is situated on a plateau at the base of the White Mountains (Lefka Ori in Greek) in the National Park of Samaria, a UNESCO biosphere reserve protected area with many indigenous and rare animal and plant species (including some of the flowers our bees feast on like the thyme flower!). http://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/5865/
The locals have relied on the land for 1000s of years and now have taken to very light touristic activities in addition to agriculture. I truly haven’t been to an area as spectacular where you can find 8,000 foot mountains (which get a lot of snow in the winter) descend abruptly and end at some of the most sunning and clean beaches with crystal clear blue and green waters. A large amount of the area, even where you will find some villages such as Loutro and Agia Roumeli, is only accessible by boat or foot on the E4 Hiking Path.
We take great pride in our honey and truly respect the entire art from maintaining a healthy and strong bee colony to collecting it carefully throughout the summer and finally bringing it to you. We avoid giving any medicines and chemicals to our bees which may make them temporarily stronger but harm the long-term viability of the entire colony.