Oak honey is harvested in the summer from the centuries-old oak forests of Central Greece. Its typical features include its dark colour, very low moisture and truly rich taste. It has a slow crystallization period, of about a year, because of its low sugar.

Health Claims

It is highly antioxidant and contains potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron and sodium in significant quantities. Dark honeys, like oak honey, have a high concentration of antioxidants and minerals. Unprocessed oak honey provides a healthier gradual increase in blood sugar levels, but it must be used in smaller quantities by individuals who are sensitive to sugar.

In a study conducted by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in 2015, which compared 48 samples of honeys from all over the world, when investigating their antioxidant effect, the dark-coloured oak honey proved to be the most powerful, followed by honeys from fir, heath, chestnut and pine. The intermediate values, in the following descending order, were observed for honeys from: manuka, paliurus, thyme and cotton.

Oak honey is known for its antibacterial and antiseptic properties. It helps to nurture the skin, and is therefore used in many care products. Its antibiotic compounds help with counteracting free radicals, which are harmful to the skin. It is also known for soothing skin afflictions, like sunburn, wounds, acne, and eczema. It also aids in improving brain function, while it amplifies the digestive process, since it contains enzymes in high quantities. Its astringency helps with diarrhoea and dysentery. It is also a tonic, and makes for a great treatment for sleep problems, with just a teaspoon being able to make a difference and help with sleeping. It provides enough glucose to feed the brain during nighttime, and has a high concentration of iron, which is why it is recommended for preventing and also treating anemia.