Sought after in the market is royal jelly in the area. Its production is profitable and attracts the profession of the beekeeper more and more young people One of the most dynamic sectors of beekeeping is recent years vasilotrofia , ie the production of royal jelly , Messinia . The royal jelly, or else the milk the bee , with great physical properties are highly sought after in the market and production is the most profitable. Messinia , according to beekeepers is the best place wintering bees in Europe over recent years even the vasilotrofia attracts especially young people. Such a unit visited the foothills of Taygetos , overlooking the city of Kalamata and the Messinian Gulf, to discover the mode of production of royal jelly . The Al. Aloimonos and H. Petroulakis in laboratory exercises in which the collection of royal jelly . The product is placed in small bottles is being exported with a thin tool. The 39-year old Alexander Alimonos studied medicine , but never practiced , since, as he says , "I felt that the academic process must be accompanied by economic recovery ." Chose to live in the wild with his wife and young son and deal with apiculture and horses . Friend and partner in the production of royal jelly is 36 year old Elias Petroulakis , technologist - agronomist , a lover and that 'freedom offered by work in nature . " The thesis work was on beekeeping with this deal intensively over the last ten years. With their assistants and associates Alimonos Dimitris and Costas Lambropoulos . Wearing special uniforms walked literally into the wonderful world of bees and recorded time instant way of production of royal jelly . For the systematic production of royal jelly are several ways , but the planned production ensures longer guaranteed quality. Both honey production and the production of royal jelly man, knowing the instincts and operation of the bees , tricking it intervenes in his favor . honeycombs In spring , for example , that the hive is growing and growing populations of bringing more food , the beekeeper puts new honeycombs , to his advantage. Something similar is done for the production of royal jelly , where vasilotrofos creating "orphan " in taking the hive queen and installs artificial queen cells , which, in these vaccinates larvae one or two days . Bees who want fast new queen filled with royal jelly the queen cells to grow rapidly larvae become queens and candidate therebetween selected news. Note that royal jelly is creamy substance secreted by glands of worker bees . Here intervenes vasilotrofos every three days ' Trygeos ' precious royal jelly . This process can take three to four months in the spring and two months in the fall. The collection of royal jelly is made in the laboratory, where it complies with all the rules of hygiene. Thin tools first removed the wax from each cell, then the larva and finally the royal jelly . Each cell produces 30 ml royal jelly , while the total production of the plant we visited not more than four to five pounds a year. Trade - Excellent value . The price of Greek royal jelly is extremely good since the box 10 grams costs 50 euros. The Greek royal jelly production approaching 300 pounds a year, but the biggest problem is that as vasilotrofon Greek pulp appears and input , without mentioning this on the packaging . As we were told both vasilotrofoi , the pulp is maintained for one to two months in cooling and one to two years in the freezer. As for the important nutritional properties , it suffices to mention that the larvae by 5 days eating royal jelly increase their weight by 880 times. __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Katerina Triantafyllou and Elias Petroulakis imipangelmaties beekeepers, as we said , are two young guys who have literally love affair with this labor bug with tan stripes and the center from which we get the honey, sweetening many of the most beautiful moments of our lives. We talked with them and ... got stuck with all that we learned about the profession of the beekeeper and honey. They are sweet as honey , everything went and honey - honeymoon - sweetened the old lady from the honey and ate the jar - Is it ever possible to have honey in your fingers and not lick ? - Dripping honey mouth - is working like a bee - Csaba vinegar , sweet like honey - statues, is the sour grape honey - and many other similes of the rich Greek tradition which in their own way celebrate the sweetness of honey revealing its beneficial properties. In many parts of Greece , but also the rest of the world, the mother-in-law gives honey to the bride when she enters the house while the bride puts her fingers in honey to be a harmonious relationship. Plutarch states that Athenian priests parethetan offerings to dragon, snake, who they believed lived in the temple of Athena on the Acropolis hidden under the earth , from which it came . The offer was a monthly cake kneaded with honey ( melitoessa ) every day and gourmet foods while the known libations , who gave the ancients the dead often contained and honey. Traditions and secret recipes with honey not stopping . Who knows after all the power you give to couples in love a spoonful of honey with nuts or nougat with honey. So inextricably linked both to tradition and to the daily diet , our honey rightfully won the hearts and consciences . How arrives but honey in our kitchen cupboard and inside pentanostima delights us ? Elijah is from Messina . He Agronomist Engineer at TEI of Heraklion Crete initially and after transcription, in that part of TEI of Kalamata. " My first contact with the colonies was in school, in class beekeeping . In TEI met and Katerina , where since we are together as a couple apart from the beekeeping activities have developed . The first substantial contact with the work of the beekeeper came after I finished TEI through a friend, John, who has beehives . Had asked me to go to ferry water to some of them in Mainalos , because danger from the heat . Talk about too many bees and terrible drought, go ten years since if I'm not mistaken. It was my first real contact with the bees . I remember that he was so hot and it was so many bees when we got there fell upon me and drank my sweat . We will not ever forget . At first I was scared but I do not bitten none. All we had to quickly get dressed because bees tend to burrow into clothing , especially from the legs and climb up all over your body, something that is a little scary . Since the socks when I approach the bees are out of your pants . " Although it sounds a bit scary to most, the first contact of Elijah with bees , so this was crucial since the next year from this first striking incident took his first bee. You know that the production and sale of bees is main occupation for some people ? I learned about asking Elijah to where you can buy beehives . Are several beekeepers selling bees , which is itself part of this primitive culture . Looks like bees yet, for some it is able to sustain itself beekeepers about it and some of them , although there are amateur beekeepers maintain and some other profession. Of course there are professional beekeepers who live solely beekeeping, which although seems like seasonal work is not. "It is seasonal work but has seasons ," he explains Elijah and adds: "I will divide it into three seasons. Three semesters . In January, this period that we are starting the development of colonies and begins intensive work in the apiary , especially after the summer are crumbling for us here in the south because the northern Greece this process occurs mainly in autumn . After the fall not to want so many hours , even in the winter I would say. But it has other things that must be constantly cared for and throughout the year to keep busy , such as maintenance of the storage space , tools , continuous information about any problems that may arise. Beekeepers are all patents and patent something that is very interesting . Making friends with another beekeeper you can learn many things and share techniques and views on different issues at different stages of beekeeping . " And how should the area to place the hives , by what criteria? "The most basic criterion is plants. Depending on what kind of honey you want to agents convey the colonies in your respective plants. Beekeeping in Greece would characterize it as nomadic . Needs to be moved several times over the colonies from one place to another , which is the most difficult part of beekeeping for me. Noting that the colonies are transferred only at night because then returning bees . The beekeeper should really have done a full investigation to find a place with pretty flowers or plants need bees to produce honeydew or nectar. In Greece the majority of honey produced is of honeydew . ** Namely 60 % to 65 % pine and a 5% is elatomelo . The bees get other products useful in our diet because of high nutritional value , such as royal jelly and pollen , in the manufacture of medicaments and cosmetics such as propolis , which has many uses and natural wax . " And all we hear about adulterated honey ? How can we distinguish a non- adulterated honey ? " Can you understand knowing each class honey . Because there are many types of honey marketed and is not to know all the consumer can begin to observe and hear about his favorite class . Example honey from fir is the so-called golden highlights in it, the so-called vanilla, and a characteristic aroma and capacitor. Also a non- adulterated honey when pouring slowly from a height from one container to another , or one teaspoon can do this, you will see that is not cut this thin line is created. There is a continuous flow. I hear many people talking about the sweets of honey. This has nothing to do with whether our honey is adulterated or not. The toffee is a natural process . Depending on the type of honey , and after some time, some kinds of honey drool . Flower honey drool faster while honey fir slower, it might take 10 years to ZACHAROS may not ZACHAROS ever. But the candied honey without losing any nutritional value and we can use it safely . We can bring it back to its original form with bain marie attention but not to develop high temperature because honey loses much of its nutritional values and bacteriostatic action so . Attention also to the way we store honey. It absorbs odors and moisture like a sponge so it wants shady and dry place. Beware also of obtaining their honey. Characteristic of the Greek market is that it move and sold larger quantities Greek honey from those produced . In this blame producers who sell honey from abroad, China for example, Greek . " What is for you the most beautiful moment during the production process of honey ? "I think the spring. Beekeepers say that dreamless sleep , fall in love queens . This is a logic . The queens produced pheromone , a hormone which controls the queen bee . Each queen has its own smell. This hormone plays an important role in the society of the bee and determines tranquility to bees. We spend many hours in the apiary at the time and definitely affects us all these smells. Can you imagine all those flavors. It is an indescribable feeling. Especially if you like being close to nature . " ** How bees make honey The raw material is of honey from the nectar produced flower honey and honeydew . The nectar the bees get from flowers and honeydew from plant pests . Parasites suck the juice which passes through the digestive system and formed honeydew , which they use for their needs. This left over comes in the form of droplets , which bees suck the body of pests or plant leaves where it falls honeydew . The forager add to the nectar and honeydew saliva and transport in hives. There they give the worker and drones . Until inserted in the cells passes several times by a bee on the other and each time added saliva, which alters sugars. The liquid sucked by bees many times , from 15 to 20 minutes. This process concentrates the liquor . During several days of evaporated water and the density of the fluid increases until the sugar to reach 70 to 80 %. Then cover the bees honey condensed with a cover of wax . The composition of honey depends on many factors including the plant species from which the bees collect nectar and honeydew , the nature of the soil , breed bees the physical condition of the bees etc.