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Beekeeping Fotopoulos
The beginning of beekeeping in Greece appears in the distant past of the mythical era with reference to the Olympian Gods who fed with nectar and ambrosia, closely honey-related products. Numerous mythological references and representations in ancient Greek vases attest the value of honey that was used for its unique therapeutic and nutritious properties. In Ancient Greece, the first person who appeared in the field of apiculture is demigod Aristeos, son of Zeus and nymph Cyrene, a major form of ancient Greek worship who was raised with nectar and ambrosia to become immortal. Nymph Melissa (Bee) nursed his father with honey and milk in Dikti Range of Crete, and taught him the art of beekeeping, and Zeus taught this special art to the mankind. Further information related to honey has been discovered in the historical texts of Homer’s “Odyssey” who refers to a libation to the Gods with “melikraton”, an exquisite drink made with honey and milk. During the archaeological excavations of Phaistos in Greece, researchers found clay beehives of the Minoan era (3rd century BC) while gold jewelry portraying bees were discovered in the archaeological site of Knossos. What’s more, Pythagoras and his followers had honey as their main food for the the disappearance of fatigue and Hippocrates, the father of medicine, recommended honey to all the people, especially his patients. Aristotle’s writings were also an important milestone for apiculture in ancient Greece. In Sparta, educators and trainees as soldiers adolescents lived on Taygetos for a month where they were fed exclusively with honey (the month of honey = honeymoon). At last but not least, honey has a prominent position in the economy of ancient Greece as it was used firstly as a barter instrument or payment of taxes, and secondly the bee was depicted in the ancient Greek coins.From the nadir to zenith of national taste, it is true that honey was appreciated since the dawn of time. Intensely aromatic, with gold colour, rich in minerals, and very pleasant in taste; ranked as one of the best honeys in the Mediterranean, with an excellent taste, the honey from Mount Taygetus will awake your palate in the most surprising way. Honey, the essence of flowers, with its invaluable therapeutic and nutritional properties, containing more than 70 different substances necessary for the human body is one of the finest products of Mani peninsula. From the time of Hippocrates, the father of medicine, honey has been considered as essential for the human body. These nutritional values of honey have been kept genuine in the wild Greek nature, away from pollution of modern civilization. Fotopoulos Honey from Taygetus (Telephone: 0030.27250.61442 Website: Melifotopoulos.gr ) is one of the finest honeys in Greece. However, it is all about the philosophy of doing something you love and do it with passion. In 1980, Michael Fotopoulos together with his wife, Maria Fotopoulou, began as amateurs to produce honey with five hives in the garden of their house in the village of Akritohori. In the beginning, they produced honey for the need of their family and their friends. After several years, however, Michael and Maria became professional honey producers in order to share the great taste and nutritional value of honey with all their fellow human beings. In the year of 1983, the Fotopoulos family managed to have 200 hives, which they transferred them in the region of Mani under the foot of Mount Taygetus. In 1984, they actively joined in the Central Market of Athens, and the excellent quality of their products made them acquire new customers. Today, the youngest son of Fotopoulos family, Harry, after attending training seminar of beekeeping and acquiring appropriate knowledge for the profession, took over the bussiness and continues the long tradition of beekeeping along with the art of his parents. It is quite interesting that Harry knows all the secrets for producing all types of honey including fir, thyme, orange blossom, sage, eucalyptus, and strawberry. All of the family put a lot of desire and passion to their profession, in order to product the finest honey products and all of its derivatives. The apiculture business of Fotopoulos Honey Taygetus is certified with ISO 22000: 2005 for the production, packaging and marketing of apiculture products since January of 2009.



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