Forest honey is a natural product that is elaborated in the stomach of bees from the nectar of numerous flowers and from the mielatos of the trees of the forest. In the forests of Spain abound: chestnut trees, holm oaks, lavender, oaks, rosemary, thyme … Therefore, it is a thousand flowers honey, but with the peculiarity, that they are of flowers that are in the forest.
The honeyof the forest is a honey for those who look for less sweet and somewhat salty touches. A honey with the following characteristics:
This honey has a dark color, almost black when the honey is liquid. When crystallized, it acquires brown or greyish brown shades.
The aroma of this forest honey is very intense and persistent, especially in the retronasal, and reminds the deciduous forests in autumn, humus and mushrooms with light touches of liquorice and mint. When tasting it, salty notes and marked bitter components can be appreciated, with greater or lesser intensity depending on the origin of the mielatos.
Video of the forests of Spain
This honey is harvested at the end of summer, mainly in August and September. This is when the plants release the greatest amount of mielatos. –
d) Forest Plants
Forest honey has a lot of sources. However, the main sources of this honey are mainly oak and holm oak.
e) Conventional or ecological
Currently we do not have any beekeepers who supply us with honey from the organic forest, so we only have honey from the conventional forest, i.e. not organic.
f) Target population
This honey is suitable for anyone over the age of two. For minors, it is recommended that you ask your doctor for advice.
2. Benefits and properties
Forest honey is a natural product that provides us with many health benefits. Its benefits, like other quality honey, are due to two reasons. Firstly, honey has a very low water concentration, and also has enzymes. Secondly, honey has many components from forest flowers and tree mielatos.
Myelates that provide a large amount of minerals can be demonstrated by their high electrical conductivity. These minerals are going to be very beneficial for our health and each one of them is going to bring something good to our body. Minerals such as iron.
Therefore, compiling information from the experience of doctors, beekeepers and popular wisdom, we have found the following scientific article. This article has been published in a Chinese journal on chemical and pharmaceutical research and was written by scientists Satarupa and Subha. Here we have found the following information about the positive effects of such honey.
Muscle fatigue: helps reduce muscle fatigue. On the one hand, the glucose in honey provides immediate energy to the body, thus reducing muscle fatigue. At the same time, honey fructose provides energy that is released more slowly. for this reason, honey is so beneficial to athletes.
Boosts the immune system
Rich in antioxidants. The honey of the forest is rich in antioxidants, but this wealth depends on the floral origin of this honey. In addition, forest honey has more antioxidants than clear honeys.
Wound treatment: Honey has been used for millennia to treat wounds, due to its bactericidal and antiviral capacity. One of its reasons is its low water content and its maximum hydrogen peroxides.
In summary, we want to emphasize that here we are talking about popular experiences and knowledge. Since properties can only be assured in medicines and honey is not a medicine.
Forest honey, like dark honey, is a less sweet honey than the rest, so it is ideal for people looking for more powerful flavors and less sweet.
In the preparation of dishes, this type of honey is recommended for making and pairing cold creams, red fruit sauces and chocolate desserts. It is also ideal to combine with spicy dishes.
Photo: Prados de Castilla
The crystallization of raw forest honey is usually very slow, and once crystallized can have both fine and coarse crystallization. As a result, it is one of the honeys that will almost always remain liquid.
In addition, the food sources that a forest provides for bees are not the same throughout the year. In addition, each forest is not the same in Spain and the rest of Europe, so we will find noticeable differences each year of this type of honey and in each geographical origin.
Our raw forest honey is obtained from two beekeepers:
Apícola Moreno. A beekeeper located in Brihuega, a town in Guadalajara.
Adelheid: Beekeeper who comes from Germany.
Photo: Forest honey of Apícola Moreno
In short, the origin of forest honey can vary quite a bit from one year to the next, because our beekeepers can place the hives in different parts of the forest. There can also be significant variations in flora throughout the year.