Explore honey Slovenia
Honey is deemed to be the first sweetener in the world, since sugar was produced until the third century AD. Even the first civilisations were aware of the exceptional features of honey. Did you know that the Romans used sugar as a means of payment?
Honey and bee products play an important role in Slovenian beekeeping tradition. Beekeeping has a long tradition in Slovenia which is home to “revolutionaries” in beekeeping such as Peter Pavel Glavar and Anton Janša. Janša was also the first teacher of beekeeping at the court of Maria Theresa, Empress of the Habsburg Dynasty, and introduced revolutionary changes in the manner of beekeeping, which are still used by beekeepers worldwide. The General Assembly of the United Nations declared 20 May, the date of his birth, World Bee Day for his contribution to global beekeeping.
But back to honey ... Take a peek inside Slovenian kitchens and learn all about its sweetness.
A sweet experience of the honey tradition
Our ancestors made various desserts from honey, which you can still taste today. Since the Middle Ages, honey has been used to make honey biscuits – gingerbread. You can learn about stories told by products made of gingerbread at the Living Gingerbread Museum in Radovljica or at the Medeni raj Museum and Gallery in Slovenj Gradec. Traditional Slovenian products made of honey also include small breads from Dražgoše and Škofja Loka. Honey is an ingredient of potica and also used in numerous other Slovenian delicacies. You can also drink a toast with honey. Our ancestors used a significant portion of honey to prepare mead. Initially, this was a kind of honey wine, but in the 19th century honey brandy and honey liqueur appeared. Today, you may also taste sparkling mead and honey beer.