Who we are
ABF Beefarm is a company of passionate beekeepers, ensuring the very best quality our products. We manufacture, sell and export raw thyme Cypriot honey.
Did you knew?
That honey is the only natural substance which never expires, nor goes bad. The crystallisation of honey is a natural process and it does not affect its nutritional value
What is HONEY?
Honey is a naturally sweet substance produced by bees from plant nectar, or from secretions from the live parts of plants, or secretions of plant sap-sucking insects, which bees collect and convert, by blending it with special substances in their bodies. They then remove excess water, as they deposit and store it in the honeycombs of the hives for it to mature.
The Quality of Honey
The quality of honey depends on the beekeeper and the bottler. In our company we make sure the correct practices are in place, both regarding beekeeping and bottling, the quality of the honey remains high, while the flavour, aroma and colour remain intact, just as nature intended.
The Most Expensive Honey
The most expensive honey is that which is produced in small quantities and is in great demand from consumers. It is for this reason that in Cyprus, thyme honey is more expensive than the rest. Honey that is respectively produced in large quantities and has little demand, is cheaper in price. For now we produce only high quality raw thyme honey.
Raw honey is the purest form of honey. It is the honey that comes straight from the honey comb without heating, without pasteurization or any kind of processing. It is the healthiest choice amongst the various forms of honey as it has the most nutritional value and contains amylase, an enzyme concentrated in flower pollen which helps predigest starchy foods like breads.
Raw honey is relatively low in moisture content (14% to 18%) and has a high antioxidant level. It is characterized by fine textured crystals, looks milkier and contains particles and flecks made of bee pollen, honeycomb bits and propolis.
When raw honey is processed and heated, the benefits of the phytonutrients are largely eliminated. Most honeys found in the supermarket are not raw honey but “commercial" honey, which has been heated and filtered so that it looks cleaner and smoother, more appealing on the shelf, and easier to handle and faster to package.
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Carbohydrates are the main component of honey, at a value which fluctuates between 70-80%. The two main carbohydrates in honey are fluctose and glucose, both evident in approximately equal amounts. Honey also contains other carbohydrates in smaller amounts.
Minerals and Trace Elements
There are approximately 0,17% minerals and trace elements found in honey. The most basic of which are potassium, sodium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium.
Honey contains a few vitamins including Α1, Β1, Β6, Β12, C, D and E.
Honey is made up of about 16-17% water. The amount of water in the honey depends on the climatic conditions where it is produced. Due to Cyprus’s warm climate, its honey is very low in water content, accounting for its thickness.
Protein & Amino acids
Honey contains small amounts of protein and amino acids.
Enzymes are present in honey in small amounts. They are produced almost in entirety by the glands of the bees, and it is these glands that are responsible for converting the nectar and the honeydew of plants into honey.