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THALYSIA raw Greek Honey did it again, second year in a raw, for 2017:
"We are very honoured to send you the evaluation results for the products you submitted to the jury of the International Taste & Quality Institute (iTQi):
· The Thalysia Greek Arbutus Honey has been granted a Superior Taste Award with 2 Golden Stars.
You will find attached the Evaluation Graphs with a summary of the score for each gustatory criterion.
We warmly congratulate your company and team for this outstanding achievement. You should be proud to market these products that have been certified for their TASTE by an exceptional jury of 135 Chefs and Sommeliers."

Imitation "honey" and Chinese "Ukranian" honey?


In late 2015 there were reports of rejections in Europe of Ukrainian honey due to widespread contamination with antibiotics, and in early 2016 prices dropped significantly from their average of $1.52/lb. in 2015.

The Ukraine government stopped some honey exports from Ukraine to the EU. While Ukraine has considerable sunflower production and many beekeepers, the size of beekeeping operations in Ukraine is extraordinarily small, making effective quality control very difficult.

Ukraine emerged as a very significant exporter of honey to the U.S. despite the fact that the Ukrainian economy is in deep economic distress and the economic, political and military tensions between western Ukraine and eastern Ukraine remain tense. The Chinese are reported to be renting over 10% of the agricultural land in Ukraine, and at least 10 Chinese honey companies and some Polish honey companies, are operating in Ukraine. Ukraine is also importing “imitation honey” according to statistical reports. The eastern European honey market, along with the EU as a whole, is showing many fissures and conflicts. In 2015 Hungarian beekeepers staged protests at the EU headquarters in Brussels against cheap and possibly adulterated imports which were harming their indigenous honey industry and beekeepers.

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The medicinal value of Greek and Cypriot Honey compared against the Manuka marketing hype:
"Antibacterial Activity of Greek and Cypriot Honeys Against Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa in Comparison to Manuka Honey."
"The antibacterial activity of 31 Greek and Cypriot honeys against Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa was initially screened using an agar-well diffusion assay in comparison with manuka honey. The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) ...of treated honeys ...was determined and compared with those of untreated honeys. All tested honeys demonstrated antibacterial activity against S. aureus on agar-well diffusion assay."

The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of tested GREEK honeys ranged for some types from 3.125 (half that of Manuka) to as much as 25% (v/v) (exactly FOUR times as much!), compared with manuka honey at 6.25% (v/v) and 21 of 31 tested honeys from Greece and Cyprus "demonstrated antibacterial activity on agar-well diffusion assay against P. aeruginosa. Their MICs ranged from 6.25% to 25% (v/v) compared with 12.5% (v/v) for manuka honey"
In other words some types of Greek honey were half as potent in antibacterial potency while others types were twice as effective as Manuka honey in anti-bacterial action!
So, then, what is all this internet propagated MANUKA hype and the over-inflated prices? Add to this the fact that New Zealand exports significantly more "Manuka" honey than it produces, and the making of a hyped hoax is apparent.

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Thalysia EVOO PDO has been granted the 2016 Superior Taste Award with 2 golden stars

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Thalysia Pine Honey has been granted the 2016 Superior Taste Award with 1 golden star

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We are very honoured to send you the evaluation results for the products that you have recently submitted to be tested by the jury of the International Taste & Quality Institute (iTQi):
- Thalysia EVOO PDO has been granted the 2016 Superior Taste Award with 2 golden stars
- Thalysia Pine Honey has been granted the 2016 Superior Taste Award with 1 golden star
The Evaluation Graph (Sensory Analysis Graph) for your products will be sent to you in a few days. If you had additionally requested for a Sensory Analysis Report, these will be available to you by mid-July.
We warmly congratulate you, your company and your team for an outstanding achievement. You should be proud to market these awarded products that has received a high recognition for its value and superior taste.

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Olive and Olive Oil in Greece

The olive tree produces an awesome fruit called olive from which we get olive oil. The tree has been cultivated in Greece since antiquity and blends harmoniously with the country’s landscape. The Mediterranean sun and the Aegean winds lend the fruit its unique taste. The tree has served as a source of inspiration to all Greeks! It is a symbol of peace, social and religious values, progress, affluence, wisdom and fame. It has fed, bread and given shed to countless Greek generations and earned its place in Greek culture.
Greece is the world’s third largest producer of edible olives and olive oil. Spread around the country are 120 million olive trees and 450,000 families depend on olive oil production as a primary or secondary source of income.

Back in time
Multiple finds from Knossos, dating back to the Minoan Civilisation, prove the fact that Cretan economy was based on olive oil. The goddess of wisdom Athena dedicated the olive tree to the city of Athens in order to prove her bond with the city bearing her name. During the Ancient Olympic Games, an olive branch in form of a wreath was given as a golden medal award to the winner. Legend has it that the wreaths came from a tree planted by Hercules himself. Homer referred to olive oil as liquid gold and Hippocrates noted its healing factors. In the shadow of tales, traditions and legends Greece still relies on the olive tree today!

Greece produces approximately 120.000 tons of table olives which is one of the country’s most important agricultural exports. The harvest begins in October and goes on for about two months, depending on the type of olive and the place it is cultivated. The green olives are harvested first, then come all the plump black olives that are among the country’s best-known snacks: tight-skinned Kalamata olives with their pointy tip and juicy Amfissas olive that come in an array of browns, blacks and purples. Last to be picked up from the tree is the wrinkled black variety. It can be harvested as late as March as it must mature on the branch and is then cured in coarse salt.

Perfect match
Olives are great in salads such as the famous Greek Salad (Choriatiaki) and match all kinds of fresh or preserved vegetables; fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, onions or preserved roasted red peppers, pickled cauliflower and more. Olives are also used in breads, pies and sauces (mostly tomato-based) served with pasta! Olives in stews are used in various parts of Greece. On Zakynthos Island olives are slowly cooked with potatoes and onions. In Greece’s mainland olives are served as tid-bits (meze) while roasted olives (known as oftes elies) are a Cretan delicacy!
Contemporary chefs have shown a great interest in this product recently and use olives everywhere: either in the skillet or in the pan, in breads, pies, braised dishes, sauces, stuffings, dips and more. Try out an easy recipe for Green olive, fennel and coriander dip.

Precious olive oil
The production of olive oil dates back 4,000 years. Olive keeping in Greece is mainly a family business and each tree is personally taken care of with tenderness. The unique flavour of Greek olive oil is largely used in all kinds of local recipes. Even though 65% of Greece’s olive oil production is limited to the Peloponnese and Crete, the trees are scattered all over country and produce 350,000 tons of this product annually.
Greek olive oil products are considered top quality worldwide. They are cultivated in the country’s ideal climate and soil varieties. An 80% of Greece’s olive oil is extra virgin, which is the top-ranked classification category in the world. Greece ranks first place in exports of virgin olive oil as it sends abroad to Italy and Spain every year 150-200 thousand tons.

The Champions of consumption
Every Greek consumes more than 15 kilos of olive oil per year. Greece ranks first in olive oil consumption per person internationally. Biological and Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) olive oils are becoming a trend in the internal market, demonstrating a growth of more than 30% annually.
Studies have shown that olive oil is the healthiest product among vegetable oils. It is loaded with antioxidants and protects from various diseases; therefore essential for a balanced diet!

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The great Manuka Honey hype and FALSE FDA claims MARKETING FRAUD:

Manuka Honey is being sold at highly inflated prices as compared to Greek honey, which has been proven through academic studies to have significantly higher antioxidant properties than Manuka.
While "Internet advertising touts manuka honey as having “unsurpassed healing qualities” for a wide range of conditions, including stomach ulcers, sore throats and colds, skin ulcers, wounds, boils, and infections. (Id. (citing the truth is that the FDA has NEVER APPROVED a drug containing manuka honey for ANY purpose. (Id.) Instead, the FDA recently issued an import alert allowing FDA field personnel to detain shipments of certain products from New Zealand that contain manuka honey."
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