What is honey like?


Once, at a honey fair, I happened to hear a dialogue between two women. One boasted to the other that the apiary of the seller from whom she purchased buckwheat honey was located in a relict forest. A lot of time has passed since then, but this dialogue has sunk into the soul, and every time it pops up in your memory as soon as you hear such a conversation.

In this review, I would like to briefly talk about the varieties of honey, so that its admirers can always feel the catch and accurately choose natural honey to their liking.

First of all, natural honey is floral, honeydew or mixed. As a rule, flower honey is presented at the honey market, for which bees collect nectar from plant flowers. Honeydew honey comes from honeydew and honeydew, a sweet sticky liquid secreted by insects living on the leaves of trees and shrubs. Honey is also very useful, but the taste is not suitable for everyone.

Classification by mono- and polyflorality

Monofloral considered natural flower honey, which is dominated by pollen grains one plants: buckwheat, linden, sunflower … For example, in linden and buckwheat honey there is at least 30% of the pollen grains of the corresponding honey plant, and in sunflower — at least 45%.

Often, beekeepers manage to collect honey, in which the content of linden pollen grains reaches 95-97%, but this is not always the case. It depends on weather conditions and other factors, including the nectar production of plants. You can’t order bees to collect nectar only from linden flowers, while other honey plants are blooming and secreting nectar all around.

Polyfloral honey is produced by bees from the nectar of the flowers of several, sometimes even hundreds, plants, and none of them dominates. The result is a bouquet that sometimes surpasses any monofloral honey in taste and aroma.

Classification by geographical origin and place of collection

The name of the geographical area (Caucasian, Bashkir, Far Eastern, Altai, Siberian, etc.) in the name of honey is associated with its territorial origin and gives some idea of ​​the ecological component of the environment.

This takes into account gathering placedepending on which honey is forest, meadow, field, steppe, mountain, taiga.

Classification by type of honey plants

Nectar can be collected by bees from cultivated honey plants: buckwheat, rapeseed, sunflower and other plants cultivated in the field.

Or the collection is carried out from a number of wild shrubs, trees and herbs, such as: thyme, lemon balm, fireweed, oregano, hawthorn, mustard, willow, clover, maple, coltsfoot, linden, hazel, cornflowers … and hundreds of other honey plants with a unique taste and aroma .

Returning to the story at the beginning of the review, the catch was that buckwheat is a field crop, you cannot collect buckwheat honey in a relict forest. Was there honey?

Do not doubt the naturalness of any honey purchased on the marketplace. The quality indicators of honey are ensured by the traceability of the product from the apiary and veterinary laboratories to the marketplace in the Federal State Information System «Mercury».

And if honey is not to your liking, do not rush to destroy it. The work of a beekeeper is hard work from dawn to dusk.

Any honey here is good!

But still, the young and developing brand Honey journey offers to taste the taste of mountain and meadow honey produced in the North Caucasus. We do not claim that our honey is the best. Simply put, it’s delicious too.


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