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Since the beginning of human
presence and activities in Thassos, 3000 BC, the olive tree consists a
major part of the natural, social, economical and cultural activities of
the island. The olive tree cultivation is the only branch of vegetable
production by which the island inhabitants occupy themselves. Enumerates
aprox. one million trees of the local variety called throumba.
The Thassos olive oil is registered as product of (PGI)
Protected Geographical Indication according to No. 2081/92 Directive.
Correspondingly the throumba is registered as Protected Product. It has
been recognized that its quality, flavor and particular characteristics
are owned to the place where it is produced, to the nature, the people and
the traditions of Thassos.
from the local association From the pine
trees and flowers of Thassos
Thassos from the ancient times until today has been a center of
apiculture.Thousand of bees exists in the pine forests of Thassos.
Today in Thassos many thousand of kilos of honey are produced, which comes
from many varieties of trees (pines, fir etc) or from flowers (thyme
Between Skala Prinos and Skala Rachoni there is the storage, packing,
distribution and sales center of the Apiarist cooperatives of Thassos with
over 100 members. Its objective is to select the honey of the producers of
Thassos, to standardize it and distribute it to the island as well as
outside Thassos. Visitors are always welcome for a visit at the plant, taste
the honey and maybe buy some.
According to the
information we have there were vineyards in Halkidiki (at Mendi, Skione,
Akanthos and the Mt. Athos peninsula), on Thasos, at Pella and Stagira, where
Aristotle himself kept a vineyard. An inscription has also been found on
Thasos dating from the 5th century BC, which regulates all aspects of the
grape harvest, wine production and the sale of wine, which could only be sold
in amphorae officially sealed by the market inspectors. The same law, intended
to protect the authenticity of the local wine, determined that no ship bearing
wine could approach the port of Thasos, on pain of seizure of the vessel.
The wines of Macedonia and, mainly, of Thasos, were exported to the whole of
the known world, in amphorae carried on cargo vessels. But with the Roman
domination of the Mediterranean the centre of gravity of the wine trade
shifted from the northern to the southern Aegean, and away from Greece
altogether. However wine production in Macedonia carried on uninterruptedly.