The honey produced by the bees on Ikaria, a Greek island in the Aegean Sea, is of particularly high quality due to the unique geographical and topographical attributes found on the Island.
Honey from the "ancient healing Island" of Ikaria is medium to dark brown from the pine trees, herbs and other island flora. It has a unique, rich flavor that sets it apart from other honeys.
Ikaria is a mountainous island, 99-square miles in size, located in the Eastern Aegean Sea near Turkey.
Ikarians, on average, outlive just about everyone else in the world. Scientists and medical researchers funded by AARP and National Geographic went there to begin studying the reasons behind their longevity. Their investigation found that one in three Ikarians reach age 90 compared to the expected one in nine baby boomers in the United States. Ikarians also suffer from less diseases than they do in the U.S. - 20 percent fewer cases of cancer, half the rate of heart disease and one-ninth the rate of diabetes, according to the AARP article written by Dan Buettner in September and October 2009.
What was most astonishing to Mr. Buettner and his team was that
among the Islanders over 90 whom the team studies - about one-third of Ikaria's population are 90 and older - there was virtually no Alzheimer's disease or other dementia. In the United States more than 40 percent of people over 90 suffer some form of this devastating ailment. (Dan Buettner is also the author of The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest, wherein he explores other places in the world, like Ikaria, where longevity is the norm.)