Honeydew: chemical composition and why do bees collect it

Underestimated in some countries as a honey with poor quality and in other praised as a treat, honeydew has been for a long time a subject for discussion among bee keepers. Long ago it was known that honeydew is not suitable food for bee hibernation. What is actually honeydew, and why do bees collect it? more

Meadow honey as aditional remady

Meadow honey comes from various flower types that are part of the mountain meadows. Depending on the plant from which it is made, color, taste and smell can vary. Color is light yellow and reddish to darker shades. Taste depends on the plant type that dominates the composition of honey and can be very sweet, but also little bitter. Meadow honey contains enzymes, minerals, organic acids and other valuable ingredients. more

Bactericidal anf antimycotic property of honey

Apart from the fact that honey “sweetens our life” and represent replacement for sugar and other sweeteners it also has a role in treating and prevention of many diseases. On health benefits of honey and its use in “folk” medicine that are lot of articles and publications, however only a small number of people know about its bacterial and antimycotic properties. These properties are scientifically proven and present the result of many years of testing and analysis. more

How diferentiate real honey from falsified honey?

Natural honey is used as a cure, in cooking, cosmetics and it is a diet additive. It contains numerous minerals and vitamins, so its daily use is recommended. However, bee keepers warn us about growing occurrence where people are selling falsified honey that has bad quality. If something is being sold and it resembles honey it does not mean that it is pure natural bee honey. Falsified honey apart from being unhealthy and cannot help you, can be very harmful. One of main indicators of forgery is hydroxymethylfurfural, and extremely cancerogenic deratogen, which is created when heating fructose and glucose. more

What are the determinantes and factors than affect honey?

There are many types of honey, depending on the type of the honey producing flora from which the nectar is collected. Most famous honeys are: acacia, forest, meadow, linden, sunflower, etc. It should be known that quality of honey, and other bee’s products, depends from the quality of the soil from which the nectar is collected. Nectar collected from degraded surfaces (near large chimneys, land poisoned with chemicals….) cannot provide quality honey. more

What sugars are located in honey?

Two thirds of honey is sugar, mainly glucose and fructose. They do not need to be digested and they directly full sugar reserved in liver and muscles. Glucose is main sugar in a human organism, because all sugars must turn in to it, and then it is used as energy matter or it is stored in deposits in liver and muscles. For liver, fructose is especially interesting, which does not provoke insulin response and quickly fills up the reserves. It is important when the need for sugar is strong, in activities such as learning or physical exercise. Lack of sugar in liver will be noticed mental fatigue during training, inability of focusing on training and absence of attention that is the consequence of depleted reserves in the liver, main supplier of the brain and the rest of the nervous system. more

What types of honey there are?

There are different types of honey classification. Firstly honey is labeled by the plant where bees collected nectar. In the biggest number of cases bees from one hove do not always stick to one type of plant. This happens only if in the area during that time, no other plants blooming or there are large surfaces of agricultural cultures such as, sunflower, alfalfa, lavender, canola, or surfaces such as acacia forest or forest of sweet chestnut.
In certain natural conditions, in certain years, you can get relatively pure honey made from acacia, heather, sage, lavender, rosemary, sunflower, sweet chestnut and some other plants. The origin of honey related to plant spices is most reliably determined through analysis of present pollen that is always located in every honey, more or less.
According to the number of plants whose nectar is included in the honey, honey is classified in monofloral (honey made from only one plant, for example, acacia) and polyfloral honey (honey made by collecting nectar from several types of plants, such as, meadow honey, forest, etc.)
Unfortunately many consumers because of their own ignorance look exclusively honey from a certain kind of trees (acacia, linden, etc.), not knowing that mixed, that is polyfloral honey is far more healthy and cures more illness that monofloral.
According to the source from which it was made, honey can be divided into flower honey and honeydew. Flower honey comes mainly from flowers of different plants, while honeydew comes from sweet liquids that some insects expel as excessive food, feeding on the juice of the plant where they are located. more

Acacia honey: healing properties and use

Acacia honey is one of most wanted and most selling type of honey in the world. It is produced from the nectar of thee acacia flower. You should be especially careful, since the acacia tree is poisonous, except the flowers, that are white and smelly, and are connected in clusters long about 20 cm. Planted acacia gives a lot more nectar than the one that grows in the forest, that is why canopy is much bigger, they receive more sun so there is more flowers.
Acacia blooms in the middle of the spring, for better input of nectar warmer nights and days and more humid mornings suit it. Considering that it blooms in the beginning of May when bees companies are still undeveloped, bees cannot entirely use it, but apart from that in one round from an average hive you can get 30-50 kg of acacia honey. more

How bees makes honey

To better understand what is honey and how do bees make it, we have to explain how the honey is created and how do bees contribute to its creation.
Main raw material that bees use when they make their sweet reserve, that we call honey, is nectar. Nectar is a sweet liquid that is produced by special glands placed in the flower and sometimes outside of the flower of the plant. Glands that secrete nectar are called nectarines.
Apart from flower and out of flower nectar bees also collect certain other sweet secretions from leaves and sweet matter that are created, as a consequence of activity of plant flees and some other insects that reside on plants. Honey produced in this way is called honeydew. more

Color, taste and aroma of honey

The color of honey is tied with taste and aroma. According to color we differentiate honey on lighter and darker, while according to aroma it can be of weaker and stronger taste. Lighter types of honey are usually milder taste and aroma. From familiar types of light honey we list ACACIA, which has a mild taste and light-golden color, it is liquid and perfect for small children. In this group we include honey from clover, linden, willow, raspberry. Darker types are: wild flower honey that can be lighter and darker, Goldenrod, mint, buckwheat, erica, honeydew, etc. more