Not far from the picture-perfect tourist hubs of Santorini and Mykonos, where cruise ships unload tourists by the thousands, sits another Greek island, more rugged but no less remarkable. Ikaria is off the beaten path.
Up the winding mountain roads of this isolated isle, you’re likely to notice brightly-painted boxes dotting the landscape. And what’s happening inside those boxes is generating some buzz: Bees busy making a rare honey that locals believe is one of the secrets to a long life.
Beekeeper Andoni Karimalis explained to correspondent Jonathan Vigliotti that people on the island have been eating the honey for generations, to keep healthy and strong well into old age.
At work in her weaving studio, 109-year-old Yaya Joanna agrees there is something special about it.
So does 87-year-old-beekeeper Giorgos Stenos. He eats the honey “every single day.”
Chef Diane Kochilas says she has a spoonful every morning.