Pure honey is like a travel guide to fascinating places all over the world. It enables us to discover the natural taste of each region in a very convenient way -
spoon by spoon. From the North of Finland to the South of Greece, we have carefully selected honeys and partnered with local beekeepers to offer you the most enjoyable and unique delights. This
range will be extended step by step over the next months!
Please find the detailed description of all these items in our webshop below.
Our range of Austrian honeys is mainly based on the competence and passion of one migrant beekeeper, bee expert and book author: Johannes Gruber. During long and
intense discussions as well as many "real" excursions into the Austrian honey world, we listened, learned and finally listed some of the most exciting honeys that the fascinating diversity of
Austrian landscapes and beekeeping skills offer.
Here comes one of the most powerful forest honeys we've ever tasted in the Alpine region. The bee hives are located in the Stuhleck region, about 1250m asl, where the weather changes quickly and dramatically. The dark brown honey remains liquid for a long time; it offers a unique rich and strong taste spectrum inclunding wet leather and musk. A honey for the passionate honey enthusiast. Organic.
This is another forest honey specialty of Johannes Gruber. It is harvested from hives located in a very remote area of the Steiermark, close to spruce forests at an altitude of 700m asl. Beekeeping in this region has already been done by his father, and Johannes surely knows how to turn this long experiencs and his own competence and passion into an outstanding spruce forest honey.
A very special honey, intense and rare. In certain years, forest honey cristallizes quickly within the honeycomb and thus cannot be harvested. Experienced beekeepers like Johannes Gruber manage to take a certain amount of this so-called melezitose honey and feed it to the bees so they can make it liquid again (DF stands for double fermented). The result is an extremely concentrated, tasty honey which is only available in very limited quantities.
Taste: Malty, musk, spicy
Color: Dark brown
Consistency: Remains liquid for about one year after the harvest
There are many fascinating honey varieties in France, especially in the South. Lavender honey is surely one of the best known and typical honeys, and we're happy to include this unique taste experience in our international range.
Lavender Honey is a very special delight, a true taste of its own. The best lavender honeys are harvested in the Provence, a region in Southern France, where the climate provides perfect conditions for this plant. Bees simply love lavender blossoms as one can recognize every summer watching the huge amounts of bees that visit lavender for its nectar.
We always wanted to know how honey from the Northern regions of Europe tastes. Now we were able to combine the search for outstanding Northern honey and the love
for islands with this wonderful Parainen island flower honey.
There are more than 10'000 small islands in the Southwest of Finland, remote and untouched in their natural beauty. This honey is made by beekeeper Nora Mäntysaari, a very passionate and skilled female beekeeper who has already won several awards for her top-quality-honeys.
Taste: fascinating broad range of island sommer blossoms with a longlasting smooth and sweet clover finishing
Color: bright yellow with a nice greenish accent
Texture: now still liquid, will cristallize after a few months
The "champagne" of honeys and a rare local specialty!
The white honey is the taste of Loimaa, countryside of South-West Finland. This honey was produced in an apiary located in a small organic family farm. A special flower mixture was planted for bees: white clover, phacelia and sweet clover. The white honey is being creamed - nothing added, nothing taken away from it. Our white honey has been awarded as the best honey of Southern Finland.
There are some very good reasons why honey plays such an important part in Greece, both in ancient times and today. Apart from health aspects, there are outstanding rich and intense flavors that one can discover from carefully selected Greek honey specialties.
Here is what honey expert Pieris Nicola says about Greek honey:
"Greece has a long history of traditional beekeeping and many European countries consider Greek honey to be one of the best in the world (definitely one of the tastiest). Many Greek honeys are not heated or heavily filtered and the bees are not sugar fed. When the bees get ill they are treated with herbs. Greece is not an industrial country so there are vast areas of unpolluted and unspoilt landscape for the bees to forage. The Greek land consists of forests and wild ecosystems. Greece has a wide biodiversity of flora which includes more than 6,000 species. Many of these species are herbs that are aromatic (with a high essential oil content) and medicinal. And then you have the dry and warm climate of Greece.
All this results in a honey that is viscous with a district consistency and strong scented taste. For example, I have tried other honeydew honeys from around the world (including Italy) but none of them taste like Greek honeydew honey. Especially Greek Vanilla Fir Honey. Another example is Thyme honey in Greece which is better than any other Mediterranean variety. Heather is a good example. Greek Heather is rich and full of pollen with a fudge like taste and lingering bitter notes. Scottish Heather is similar to Scandinavian Heather (which is thixotropic with a smokey taste) and although they are a different variety they do not compare in taste to Greek Heather. Again, Arbutus in places like Sardinia is nice and strong but the Greek variety is thicker and more pleasant to consume. Same applies to Greek Oak tree honey with its amazing taste. I personally love many honeys from around the world but in terms of taste the Greek honeys are at the top end of the spectrum. "
The unique amber color with golden highlights clearly differentiates this variety from other fir honeys. However, it's not only the color but also the taste - which is reminiscent of caramel and vanilla - that makes this rare honey stand out from ordinary honeydew honeys . Harvest time May to July.
34 year old Aris Spyropoulos produces vintage honeys in the Peloponnese and started beekeeping at the age of 20. We truly believe when he says: "I love this profession and I am constantly trying to evolve".
After tasting this extremely rare variety for the first time, it was no surprise at all that this honey has been honored with the Great Taste award as well as with the BioMiel and an exceptional Gourmet award. It is a honey made from the deepest respect for nature, focused on organic production and sustainability, with a georgious individual character.
The founders Giorgios Athanasiadis and Chara Mangana represent a new, extremely promising and excting generation of beekeepers and skin care producers.
This unique honey combines pine honeydew and the nectar of the bear plant (Smilax Aspera) which provides a particularly rich, aromatic and complex flavor. It is harvested in October by Alexandros and Pantazis Miteloudis (son & father) on the lovely Chalkidiki peninsula.
"Beekeeping is a philosophy of life for me as it includes my love for the bee but also the respect for nature and mankind" says the father, and surely his son has the same feelings for this profession.
Awarded with the Great Taste award year after year...
This nectar honey is made by beekeeper Asterios Liapis and it as rare as it is complex in flavor. Due to its strong sensitivity to weather conditions it cannot be harvested every year. With its dark orange color and a pleasant mild but long lasting aftertaste it definitely is an outstanding discovery in our honey range.
Phlomis Fruticosa (a.k.a. Jerusalem sage) is an evergreen shrub up to five feet tall. It grows mainly in rock terrain and starts to blossom in March, providing a crystal clear appearance and a light and sweet magnificent flavor.
This honey is produced by two brothers, Christophoros and Dimitris Nikolaou, in the region of Xiromero, Aetolia-Acarnania prefecture. "Everything started in 2007 when a bee swarm has chosen our backyard for its permanent residence. Now our small family ranch has become an organic honeybee farm..." says Christophoros.
BioMiel awarded honey.
Beekeeper Elias Delenikas represents the young generation of passionate Greek beekeepers. "Because I love nature I chose to be engaged in beekeeping" he says, and this strong dedication finally convinced him to make it a profession.
The sweet and intense flavor of the orange blossoms is characteristic for this honey variety and immediately reminds of sunshine and summer feelings.
A passionate organic beekeeper in the mountain regions of Northern Greece. Kiriakos has been awarded with multiple gold and silver awards at international organic honey contests.
Honey with a bitter taste? Here it is! The healthy characteristics of this extremely rare honey are well known (the common name of the plant is strawberry tree), but it also goes very well with cheese as a gourmet honey. Our advice: get it while you can, we've only a very limited quantity on stock. Organic.
Great Taste awarded honey. Here is the comment of the jury:
What a stunning appearance, with a deep golden yellow silky colouration. The natural bitter notes of flavour are mixed with deep waxed caramel and resin profiles, and as expected the honey is only mildly sweet.
A unique honey from the deep mountain forests and natural resorts of Northern Greece.
Great Taste awarded honey. The comments of the international jury:
"A striking, rich dark amber coloured honey. The texture is thick and toffee like with good gloss and medium viscosity. The aroma is woody and complex. The flavour is unique, strong chestnut flower notes. This is a delicious honey..."
Great Taste awarded honey. The jury comments as follows:
"Lovely clear honey with a soft amber colour and a light, woody aroma. Smooth textured, rich and creamy, with a pleasing resinous quality, and subtle notes of pine forest. It has a medium viscosity and a light caramel texture. The flavour is well balanced with a gentle honey sweetness and good level of acidity."
This is the first harvest of pine honey from Thassos for Kiriakos, so no international awards yet (...still to come). Pine honey from Thassos is highly esteemed in Greece, and big parts of the island are covered with pure pine forests. A spice, intense honey which goes well with nuts and cheese. Organis, as all honeys from Kirakos.
Take a stroll into the remote oak forests of Northern Greece with this intense honey. It offers a fascinating broad variety of tastes and an impressive, almost black color that differientiates it from other forest honeys. Made by the 37-year old beekeeper Kiriakos Viros and sold exclusively for Switzerland at alpuris.
Great Taste awarded honey. The jury says:
"A really rich and dark amber-colored honey that positively glows with natural goodness. Definite sweet aromas of the bee and the hive, complex and enticing.Immediately mouth watering, melting on the tongue to release its layers of flavour. A muscovado sweetness, hints of orange and spice, licorice and darker tones of peat and wood, and a subtle smokey tingling bitter note on the finish rounds off this journey of taste. Richly textured, chewy and boldly flavored honey that reveals the foraging environment."
Sweet herbal garden in a glass, full of exciting taste experiences. Strong and surprising, an exciting and fascinating discovery produced by the organic beekeeper Kiriakos Viros in the mountain areas of Northern Greece. All natural, not heated, not microfiltered - as pure as it can get.
Great Taste awarded honey. Here is what the jury says:
"This creamy smooth textured honey has light floral aromas. It is almost silky on the tongue. With light herbal notes and a good balance of delicate toffee sweetness, blossoming out into floral notes, this honey is delicate and pretty."
Organic Beekeeping and farming are family traditions since 1904 for the Bairaktaris family. Their intense honeys and herbs benefit from an ideal dry climate at Argolis, a rural region in the Southern Peloponnese. Not only their farm, but also their lovely beekeeping and olive oil museums are worth a visit!
This wonderfully intense and yet smooth organic Thyme honey has achieved the international "Great Taste" award. It is one of many masterpieces produced by a dedicated and well experienced family of beekeepers.
An organic healthy herbs honey with Thyme flavors. The multifloral components and the Thyme blossoms unite for a well balanced, joyful and healthy honey experience.
In this even bigger box you can add up to 6 honeys - same or different varieties - which are available in 85g 3 oz glasses from our range. It's all up to you which honeys in which quantity you want to put together in this handmade ecological box. It's a great gift, but also a great chance to enjoy a selection of our unique honeys by yourself. Glass sizes fit customs regulations for handluggage - a great gift to bring along, honey doesn't melt and it is a 100% all natural Swiss produce!
This is our pride and joy, a complete box for 12 Swiss Alpine Honeys which represent the entire Swiss Alpine Honey regions. The box can also be used for any kind of compilation, e.g. with our jam or praline-hazelnut-cremes (see www.alpuris.com for more info).
MEDIUM SIZE GIFTBOX fits one, individual 250g/8.8oz, 280g/10oz or 500g/17.6 oz glass. Boxes will be sent assembled with wood wool and ready to be used as a nice and cute present. We are happy to add individual finishings or inlays e.g. for corporate uses or events upon request, just talk to us. Crafted by an Austrian family company in the Alps. The wood for these boxes is certified eco-friendly and purely european.
LARGE TRIPPLE JAR GIFTBOXES fits three jars from 85 to 300g (8.50 CHF box) and from 85g to 500g (9.00 CHF box). You can also mix jars of different sizes in these sturdy boxes which will be sent assembled with wood wool and ready to be used as a nice and cute present. We are happy to add individual finishings or inlays e.g. for corporate uses or events upon request, just talk to us. Crafted by an Austrian family company in the Alps. The wood for these boxes is certified eco-friendly and purely european.