Walking through the dappled light of Greek pine forests, it’s not uncommon to stumble across these nondescript wooden cases. Whether singly-placed or in clusters, the boxes are an oddly compelling sight, reminiscent of Stage Coach cases, or something found hidden in the back corner of the attic. Treasure or terror inside, one wonders? The answer is, perhaps both. Bee Boxes, or moveable bee-hives as they are known, have been used for centuries to facilitate commercial honey production.
According to many sources, humans have been cultivating honey for more than 15,000 years, and the health benefits are endless. Here on Thassos, where honey is both a delicious staple at the table as well as a popular export, the beekeepers work year-round to make sure the hives are healthy and intact. The bees come and go at will, using the rich flora and fauna of the island’s forests to produce their golden, fragrant treasure. Along with the honey, the wax from spent hives is used for candles and cosmetics that retain the warm scent of the bees’ diligent gathering.
Whether you use it in sauces, cake or tea, or even eat it straight from the jar, honey is definitely one of life’s simple pleasures. Bzzzzzzzzzz.
Greek yogurt with honey, walnuts and fruit
A classic summer breakfast
• 2 cups strained plain yogurt (“Greek style”)
• 2 tablespoons fresh walnuts in pieces (lightly toasted if you like)
• 1 cup of fresh peach, cut into pieces (1 large or 2 medium fruits) mixed with:
• ½ cup dried cherries (substitute cranberries if cherries not available)
• 1 tablespoon Thassos Honey
Divide the yogurt into 2 bowls, add the fruit, then drizzle the honey on top. Sprinkle the walnut pieces over everything. Devour or savor at will.