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The honey produced by the bees on Ikaria, a Greek island in the Aegean Sea, is of particularly high quality due to the unique geographical and topographical attributes found on the Island.
Honey from Ikaria is medium to dark brown from the local pine trees, herbs and other island flora. Ikarian Honey is from a mountainous island, 99-square miles in size, located in the Eastern Aegean Sea near Turkey.
Scientists and medical researchers funded by AARP and National Geographic went to Ikaria to study the unusually high longevity of locals. Their investigation found that one in three Ikarians reach age 90 compared to the expected one in nine baby boomers in the United States. Ikarians also suffer from less diseases than they do in the U.S. - 20 percent fewer cases of cancer, half the rate of heart disease and one-ninth the rate of diabetes, according to the AARP article written by Dan Buettner in September and October 2009.