Certain color, specific taste – single-variety honeys are very special honeys. But how do they come about?
Honey from rapeseed, linden blossom or from the acacia tree: How are varietal honeys made even though bees fly to all kinds of flowers?
So that honey can be assigned to a certain variety, at least 60 percent of the nectar must come from the respective plant. This can only be checked with a honey analysis in the laboratory, explains Sabine Hülsmann from the Bavarian Consumer Center. Bees are also “flower-resistant”, which means that they only prefer one type of plant as long as it is productive.
In addition, the color, aroma, consistency, sugar and mineral content of the finished honey must not deviate too much from the typical variety. Only when all properties match, the beekeeper is allowed to call his honey varietal honey.
Munich (dpa / tmn)