Produced and collected from a “Natura 2000” protected coastal area in Crete, Greece. The region promotes biodiversity & ensures sustainable human activities as well as restricted use of pesticides, so bees are free to forage in areas of high plant diversity, which produces exceptional and uniquely flavoured aromatic varieties of honey.
Four family generations
Made from the heart following the traditions of four generations of beekeepers, focused on delivering the simple pleasures in life – pure, naturally occurring food, distinctive natural flavours and nutritional benefits as nature intended.
Thyme, Wild Herbs and Pine Honey is highly nutritious and packed with vitamins and minerals. The polyphenols in Honey which include Flavonoids and Carotenoids have potent antioxidant effects. Rich in vitamins, minerals and healthy antioxidants.
Natura Hives Honey is produced in an area in Crete that is part of the ‘Natura 2000’ network, spanning approximately 18% of the EU’s land and sea. These regions have been designated for the purpose of ensuring the long-term survival of the most threatened and valuable species in Europe by promoting biodiversity and ensuring landowners develop and maintain an approach to conservation and sustainability centred on working alongside nature.
Natura 2000 areas promote sustainable human activities, including organic farming methods that restrict the use of pesticides and healthy ecosystems can significantly enhance economic development, making the environment the perfect place for beekeeping.
Why our Honey
is so special …
Why our Honey
is so special …
100% Cretan honey
from Thyme, Wild Herbs and Pine.
When it comes to honey, understanding what ‘raw’ means is a little more complicated.
For the purists, raw honey is the golden liquid dripping from the honeycomb collected straight from the hive complete with dead bees, pollen, dirt, and other insects. This is not typically how honey is sold, and for good reason, so applying the label raw is more often indicative of the production processes used to develop the final product consumers buy off the shelves.
For the non-purists, two key processes involved in the production of honey are relevant: heating and filtration. At Natura Hives, to ensure our honey remains as close to its natural state as possible, and at the same time preventing natural crystallization, we do not heat the honey above the temperature of the hive. Preventing the honey crystallizing is also important when it comes to removing impurities, so we do not need to overprocess the honey through complex filtration processes.
Natura Hives Honey is produced by our Cretan family of beekeepers that span 4 generations. Our vast experience of producing honey in a Natura 2000 region has guided us to develop contemporary processes that adhere to strict quality standards but also remain firmly grounded in our traditions. Whilst we may not label our honey ‘Raw’, we believe it is the next best thing as we go to great lengths to ensure our honey is 100% natural by using minimal heat and filtration so there is no compromise on the delicious taste and aroma of the honey produced by our bees.