What is honey?

Honey is the natural sweet substance produced by bees from flower nectar and other extrafloral secretions that bees release, transport, transform, combine with other substances, dehydrate, concentrate and store in honeycombs during the pollination process.

The honey is produced by Apis mellifera bees and subspecies, that are organized in the hive according to their function, distinguishing between queen bee, workers and drones.

Bees are floral plants’ the principal pollinating agent. Pollination is of vital importance for both floral diversity and for mankind. It is estimated that one third of the human diet depends on this.

Bees collect pollen from the flowers around them. Depending on the existing flowers, the pollen content of the honey will vary, determining the type of honey.

For example, a single-flower Rosemary Honey contains a minimum of 12% Rosmarinus officinalis pollen, while the Thousand Flowers Honey is a polyfloral honey containing no predominant pollen.

History of Honey

Honey has been used by human beings since ancient times, forming part of the Mediterranean diet since the time of the Egyptians, who considered it a source of wisdom.

It was not only considered a food product but also as a medicinal product.

At that time, the antiseptic properties of honey had already been discovered, conserving corpses in honey. It was used as an ointment on wounds since it provided rapid healing, and it was also of great importance in the elaboration of natural cosmetics for its invigorating and softening effect.

Types of honey and quality

There are a large number of honey types depending on the flower from which the nectar is extracted, thus differentiating between single-flower honeys, which have a high content of pollen from the same flower, and multi-flower honeys, which are characterised by having large proportions of nectar from different flowers.

Many honeys crystallize in time, which means that they tend to be in a solid state. These honeys are known as crystallized or hard honeys.
Among the most popular commercialized honeys, we highlight: (SEE HONEY DATA SHEETS)

The most important parameters to evaluate the quality of honey are the absence of contaminants (antibiotics, pesticides and heavy metals) and the freshness of the honey. The most common indexes for measuring the freshness of this food product are the 5-hydroxymethyl furfural (HMF) and the diastatic activity. Besides these parameters, in order to detect a good quality honey as well as to classify it, we look at the proportion of pollen types it offers.

Honey Properties

Honey is a natural product widely known for its intrinsic properties. It is considered a functional product because, in addition to its usual nutritional effects, it contains biological compounds that have a positive effect on some body functions.

Its low pH count and high sugar content hinders the growth of many microorganic species. That is why it has been attributed with medicinal properties, being considered an antiseptic product. Honey has high antioxidant potential, directly related to the amount of phenolic compounds it contains. The antioxidant capacity of a particular food is related to the prevention of certain diseases, including cardiovascular diseases or diabetes.

On the other hand, it is a product of high energy value as it is food rich in simple sugars, easily metabolised, which allows improved physical performance, especially in sportsmen and women. Among these characteristics, many other medicinal properties have been attributed to honey, such as its use as an anti-inflammatory product.

Benefits of honey

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Honey by-products

Honey is highly used as an ingredient in different products destined for human consumption. We can find from cosmetic products containing honey, such as creams or shampoos, to different food products that contain or are derived from honey.

Mead is a legendary drink considered to be one of the first alcoholic drinks consumed by man. It is obtained from the alcoholic fermentation of a mixture of honey and water. Depending on the raw materials used, it is possible to obtain a type of mead with greater or lesser alcoholic content and sweetness, as well as influencing its colour, aroma and flavour. It is recommended to drink mead cold and is ideal as an appetizer or for pairing with desserts.

Honey vinegar is an ideal product to add to meals, very aromatic and with light sweet notes, enhancing the flavour of the food. It is a great dressing for meat dishes or salads. It can be obtained from a double fermentation of honey, or we can also obtain it from a mixture of vinegar, honey and water.

Honey-related products

Besides honey, other products from the hive have been used for thousands of years to obtain substances such as wax, royal jelly, pollen and propolis.

Wax is a solid substance produced by the youngest bees that makes up the structure of the honeycombs, where they store their food, deposit their pollen and keep their young. Wax is used in the manufacture of candles, preparation of medicinal ointments and to manufacture cosmetic products as it possesses healing and anti-inflammatory properties.

Royal jelly is also made by the young bees and constitutes the food of the queen bee, as well as indicating whether a bee will be a queen or a worker. It has an acidic taste and a whitish colour. Many benefits have been attributed to it for human consumption as it is a product that stimulates the immune system. Moreover, it is used as a dietary supplement being an excellent source of carbohydrates and proteins.

Pollen is collected by the bees from the flowers and is the main food for the broods’ development as it constitutes the protein from which they are nourished. It looks like yellow or orange granules which can be consumed in grain, dust or capsule form as a dietary supplement, being a great source of proteins and vitamins.

Propolis is a substance manufactured by bees from products of plant origin to protect their hives by absorbing vibrations, as a thermal insulator and as a disinfectant for the hive. It usually has a bitter taste and an aromatic smell. It has historically been used to prevent and treat infectious processes related to the respiratory tract as it acts as an antiseptic, antiviral and anti-inflammatory.

Honey Recipes

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