- How to determine the origin of honey by its taste, color and aroma
How to determine the origin of honey by its taste, color and aroma
Linden, buckwheat, raspberry, apricot, brown... Can you differentiate between these and other varieties of honey from each other? What are the challenges when it is selected?
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Floral, honeydew and sugar
Honey made by bees from the nectar of flowering plants and lichen, called flower. In turn, the flower is divided into monofloral honey and poliflerny. Poliflerny honey is a kind of "cocktail" made from the nectar of different plant species. Most often poliflerny honey is called honey location land. Steppe, forest, meadow, mountain – ever heard of them?
Monofloral honey is called the product of processing by bees of nectar collected from a single plant species. It is in the ideal case. In practice, however, to achieve such uniformity is impossible, because among the honey plants, flowering nearby apiary, are plants of several species. Therefore, it is considered monofloral honey, which the honey plants of the same species collected at least 40% of the nectar. The most common varieties of monofloral honey – sunflower, buckwheat, Linden.
In the hot and dry summer, the bees produce honey from honey dew secreted by maple, willow, fir, spruce, Apple, pear, plum, rose and others. In addition to plants, the raw material for production of honey are a sweet selection of insects. Most often the bees "milked" listobloshek, aphids or scale insects. Such honey is called honeydew. The flavor of honeydew honey is less pronounced, may not be needed at all, and may have an unpleasant odor. It can also be very different. Honeydew honey is no less valuable than a flower, because it contains large amount of mineral substances and dextrin.
Another variety of sweet treats – sugar honey. It is obtained, by feeding sugar to the bees. Ways to obtain much from harmless spring feeding of sugar syrup before placing around the apiary tanks filled with molasses.
The sugar in honey is completely absent organic acids, vitamins, mineral salts and aromatic substances. So this honey has no color or smell.
Taste, color and flavor
Buckwheat honey is difficult to mix with others. Eating even a small amount of taste, throat immediately felt scratchy characteristic, sometimes turning into a slight tingle. Because of the special properties of the nectar from the flowers of buckwheat, with which bees and produce buckwheat honey.
It has a thin, incomparable aroma, and its colour ranges from red to dark brown in color.
The most valuable among the rest of varieties is considered white honey. It has the widest range of therapeutic properties and characteristics. Characteristic intense sweet taste, sometimes with a slight bitterness and a delicate refined floral fragrance.
Depending on the terrain collecting Linden honey color can vary from pale yellow to a yellowish and even greenish tint.
Prepared by bees from the nectar of sunflowers sunflower honey contains a small amount of sucrose, and therefore differs from other types of honey have a relatively low degree of sweetness.
He has almost no odor, a light scent of something reminiscent of Fudge.
Amber color of sunflower honey after its crystallization is replaced by the color of melted milk.
Acacia honey. Also called white for his color, which is usually white, sometimes milky color.
Taste is moderately sweet, thin and delicate. A subtle aroma of acacia flowers is unlikely to leave anyone indifferent to it.
White honey is one of the few varieties that do not cause allergies. It is for this reason acacia honey is widely used for the treatment of various childhood diseases.
Clover honey is almost transparent in the liquid state, and after crystallization becomes like white Salobrena mass. A distinct scent of clover sets it apart from other honeys.
The taste is soft and pleasant.
Very original and unusual aroma of eucalyptus honey, representing the bouquet of scents of flowers and menthol. Taste is thin and refreshing.
Enjoy the unique taste and aroma of natural honey! Bon appétit!