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The Honey of Kalymnos, in the Dodecanese: The island of Kalymnos is characterized by offering many quality products and honey is one of the main ones. In fact, honey production is part of an ancient tradition that extends until our days, due to the many beekeepers that have continued this activity on the island. However, the reputation of the Kalymnian honey has gone beyond the limits of Kalymnos.
But why is it so special? The answer is in its fragrance. As everyone knows, the process for the production of honey is much related to plants and in the case of Kalymnos, it counts on a wide variety of aromatic herbs, such as thyme, sage, and oregano, a remarkable fact, especially if we take into account that the terrain is mainly mountainous and barren. The beekeepers in the area take advantage of this particularity and put their clouds of bees to browse in these herbs, so the result is red-gold honey that combines the essences of these aromas to a particular sweetness.
Taking this into account, it is no wonder why the production of honey used to be one of the main economic activities on the island, along with sponge-selling. However, in recent years, tourism has become the main industry. However, in spite of this reducing production, the reputation of the Kalymnian honey remains intact and visitors cannot leave the island without tasting its special delicious flavor.