Ikaria Honey - Heather (Anama) (16oz)
UPDATE : The new Anama harvest has finally arrived and it is superb!
Anama ("heather") honey (also known in Greece as "reiki") comes from bees that forage on the native heather that grows at high elevations on Ikaria.
Our Anama honey is pure, raw and never heated. It is very thick (in most years almost solid), rich, strongly flavored and mildly sweet and high in trace minerals. It has the aroma of a beehive and an earthy flavor profile with notes of beeswax, sassafras, butterscotch, toffee, bourbon and toasty oak with a very slight medicinal finish. It is a very unique honey and for those who like robust flavors.
Anama is not good for cooking. Its flavors are too pronounced and it would dominate the dish. And as is the case with all of our raw honeys, the heat would destroy its healthy biological properties. Rather, like the other Ikarian honeys, it is best consumed plain (delicious!) or with foods like yogurt, bread or cheese where the unique flavors of the honey are highlighted. It is particularly good with cheese!
Anama is very special and is only available in meaningful quantities in years when there is a confluence of favorable weather conditions: adequate rainfall patterns for the Fall heather to bloom, but not too much rain following the bloom, mild late-Fall/early-winter temperatures allowing the bees to be active, and then colder temperatures during and after the harvest.
Very unique and yummy! It reminds me of local raw honey we used to get where I grew up in Boulder, Colorado. It had a similar velvety texture. Honey like that is rare and a treasured find.
Best honey ever
We’ve tried all of the Klio honey and this is our absolute favorite
Another great honey
Like every honey I have found here, the taste is uniquely splendid. I will always have a jar of Klio honey on the shelf.
Ikarai Honey-Heather (Anama)
I absolutely love this honey.The denser texture is very appealing to me. I also really love the taste of this particular honey.
Heather (Anama) Honey
This is unlike any honey I've ever tried and I've already recommended it to a number of people. It has a unique flavor which is not overly sweet. My favorite way to use it right now is to place a spoonful on a plate (it's very thick) and dip walnut pieces into it to scoop some up. Better than any candy (and infinitely healthier)!