Ikaria Honey - Heather (Anama) (16oz)
A new shipment of Anama from the most recent harvest is on the way!
We expect the ship to arrive into port in early-June and we hope to have it through customs and available by mid-June. Please sign up for our newsletter for updates if you haven't already.
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, burnt sugar, toffee, bourbon and toasty oak with a slight medicinal/bitter finish. It is a very unique honey and only for those who like big, bold flavors. If you prefer milder flavors, the thyme, fir and pine honey's would be a better choice.
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 amazing 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.