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Olive the blessed!

The olive was the symbol of the goddess Athena. According to ancient Greek mythology, the home of the olive is Athens and the first olive tree was planted by Athena on the Acropolis. Through our history we discover that the olive tree is not only a symbol of peace, wisdom, fertility, prosperity, glory, but offers us protection, inspiration and food.

The fruit of the olive tree is very important because it produces olive oil. Olives are rich in nutrients. For many years, they have been the most popular snack of rural Mediterranean populations, accompanying greasy food, salads and many appetizing dishes.

It is the absolute Greek «superfood» and for that reason we should consume almost daily olives. 10 olives before a meal can reduce appetite by 20%.

Moderate consumption of olives in a balanced diet is an ally to beauty and human health.

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Malotira: The wonderful Cretan herb!

The name «malotira» comes from the Italian words «sickness» and «tirare». In Crete we consider is an ideal solution for colds and respiratory diseases. The plant has height 10 to 50 cm. It has thin and round branches that are covered in full length with plenty of fluff. Its leaves are respectively and their length is 1-6 cm, thick, long and covered with lint. Its flowers are yellow and white. It is a delicious and aromatic herb and very popular.

Healing properties

It is beneficial to the diseases of the circulatory system of the human body, against respiratory problems and especially for the treatment of colds and coughs.

Especially its use with honey and it is ideal for the sore throat.

It is collected from May to August.

Preparation

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Prepare as a beverage. Boil for about 4 minutes and combine perfectly with marjoram.

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Μαλοτήρα ''Saloustros''

Μalotira »Saloustros»

Loukoumia (Cretan Delights)

A delicious recipe! Try it at home :)

Ingredients

1/2 kg of sugar

1/2 liter of water

a few drops of lemon juice

40 g gelatine

a few drops of pastry color

little rose water

200 g powdered sugar

2-3 tablespoons of cornflaur

Recipe

Mix the sugar with water and lemon in a deep saucepan and boil in a low heat to make syrup. Make gelatine according to the instructions of the package and add it to the syrup together with the rose water and the color.

Pour the mixture into a square baking pan which has a height of up to 2 or 2.5 cm at most. Let it all night long.

The next day, cut into cubes (loukoumia) and pass the pieces of icing sugar mixed with little corn flour. If we want our loukoumia to have nuts ( almonds), put them on the baking pan before the syrup mix.

 Good luck!

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How do bees make honey?

It takes about 60,000 bees to travel up to 90,000 km to visit more than 2 million flowers to gather enough nectar to make just half a pound of honey!

Once the bees collect the nectar, they store it in their extra stomach where they are mixed with enzymes.  Τhen passes into the mouth of another bee. This process is repeated until the nectar is digested «partially and then deposited in a honeycomb.

Τhe bees flutter the liquid nectar with their wings, helping the water evaporate and create the thick stuff we know as «honey.» This honeycomb is then sealed with a liquid discharge from the bee belly, which hardens and becomes the beeswax known to us all. As reported in Live Science

«Away from air and water, honey can be stored indefinitely, providing bees with the perfect source of food for the cold winter months.»

Light honey, like honey made from orange blossoms, tends to be gentler, while dark honey, like those made from wildflowers, tends to have a stronger flavor!

We prefer cretan honey from cretaneshop.gr!