The legendary Paliurus honey
One high nutrition quality honey, that is produced in Greece, is the one that is made from Paliurus flowers. This special honey for which we have written many articles in the past, comes from the flowers of the plant Paliurus spina-christi, which is also known with many names. We also know it as Paliurus, Thorn, Thorn of Jerusalem and Thorn of Jesus. It’s a shrub or small tree, that can grow up to five meters. It is found in southern Europe and Eastern Asia. In Greece the place that has the most Paliurus is considered to be Pella region and especialy Edessa and Aridea.
“Paliurus honey is great for human organism as much as it is for the bees that collect it. When it blossoms, bees are healthyier, more productive and calm.“
The name “Thorn of Jesus” comes from the legend according to which the Roman soldiers made a crown with Paliurus thorns and put it on Jesus’ head. Maybe this is the reason that many other legends follow this plant also among beekeepers. For example, due to the physiology of its flowers, bees can absorb nectar from it only with rainles and windles weather. Something that is not very often in Spring time. So beekeepers tend to say that they will collect Paliurus honey, only if God wills it.
“Tsali” honey as it is also said by Greeks from Thrace (Turkish cali = bush), along with its coin shape fruits have many and very unique properties. In international bibliography, this honey is mentioned as immune system stimulant, cholesterol level regulator, even improver of of male sexual ability. In many Italian websites, there are references for 70 gram consumption in daily bases can so great results from the first month.
A myth about the name of Paliurus, is the myth of Paliuras. According to it, Paliuras was a stingy and cruel clothing merchant, who never helped the poor and the weak. Everytime someone went to him for charity, he turned him out of his store, swearing. The money he earned by cheating people, he used to hang on his clothes. After he died, God made him this plant. So every time someone passed by him, he grabs him from his clothes using his thorns like saying: It’s mine! His coins are seen better in October when the leaves fall.