Two years ago, people at the Bairaktari apiary at Kranidi, Greece, realized that honey from the fruit of carob left at the beehives for allowing bees to feed during winter, was a bit more than usual and therefore they decided to harvest it. From that point on, pleasant surprises opened new horizons. Makis Bairaktaris stated to “YX” that the first analysis of the honey which the bees had produced at the carob trees of the area highlighted “its pharmaceutical properties were proved as it is very rich in calcium. It has the color of honey from chestnut trees and its own unique taste”.
The carob honey immediately found its way to the English market through an Englishman who supplies stores with products that are not available in the super markets, while at the same time it was also launched in the domestic market. Mr. Bairaktaris stated that carob tree can be cultivated at places with low humidity such as Ermionida, where in a good year with not too many rains, production can reach 500 tons. An important detail is that carob as a product ends up at Cyprus where it is processed and from there it travels to America.