These trees are found everywhere on the island from the seaside up to the highest mountain tops (approximately 3500 foot altitude). The pollen drawn from the flowers of this tree is grey and the nectar is darker colored than that found in most honeys. The Spring White Heather is also quite hardy and grows back easily from burning fires or other adverse conditions.
A second tree found on the island that contributes significantly to the honey process is the Greek Strawberry Tree. In actuality, this is a bush that grows so tall that it has erroneously been labeled as a tree. This plant produces white pollen and mostly nectar. It too, is very strong and can survive in a harsh environment.
A third source of food for the bees in the springtime is wild lavender. In addition to an enchanting aroma, it produces no pollen but only nectar.
In the fall, other sources abound for the bees to do their gathering. First, there is the Fall White Heather Tree. This differs from its spring time cousin in that it has a very strong taste and is abundant in protein. Also, it has been used for centuries to enhance fertility. Found on the island, too, is a small bush named Akoniza. It is a rich source of pollen but gives very little nectar. In the Raches area of Ikaria, pine trees also flourish and are a constant producer of food for the bees. Numerous other wild bushes and plants abound that contribute to the special quality inherent in the honey produced on Ikaria. Amongst these are Thyme and Wild Oregano which are natural and unspoiled ground coverings that flourish amidst the landscape of the Island.