Kyriakos Malathounis has been working with bees since the age of five.
Eighty-two years later, at the age of 87, he still works closely with them, tending beehives in his garden in Windsor, Melbourne, Australia.
His family believe the bee stings and honey are the reason he does not have arthritis and enjoys such good health.
Malathounis, which sells its honey under the name Mr. Mala, grew up on the island of Imbros.
After his father passed away at a young age, he and his six siblings helped their mother on the farm.
When Malathounis started helping her mother with bees, she had beehives hanging from the trees around their property. At the age of 12, he thought there was a better way to house bees. He therefore built pine boxes on the ground, with a cover and a series of frames stretched with wire and wax. He did this so that the bees could build their own honeycombs.
At his most prolific level, he worked with 350 beehives, produced 15 tonnes of honey per year and marketed his product across Europe.
“I’m like a doctor who takes notes on his patients and knows all about them,” he said. Large format.
In 82 years of working with bees, Malathounis has accumulated enough knowledge to fill several books.
“I watch my bees and know what they need and when it’s time to build a new hive. Each hive has its own personality.
Mr. MalaHoney is cold pressed, which has an incomparable taste and texture.
The beekeeper is also very favorable to biodiversity. Its bees visit different flowers every day and at different times of the season. Although he doesn’t know how far his bees fly in Melbourne, Imbros, he did know they were up to 30 kilometers, because sometimes the honey smelled like a flower that only grew in a certain distance. part of the island.