Raw honey holm oak is a honey with some very peculiar characteristics that we will see below:
The raw honey of Encina has a very dark amber color, reaching black very often. When crystallized, it takes on a dark brown colour.
Its aroma is malted, infused with malt, i.e. toasted barley, very similar to oak honey. In tasting, notes of liquorice and light touches of menthol are appreciated. In the mouth there are clearly salty components, which mask the sweetness of this honey.
In short, the oak honey is in the group of the least sweet honeys, next to the oak, mountain and forest.
c) Oak tree
In addition, the Encina is a medium sized tree that reaches between 15 to 25 meters in height. It is native to the Mediterranean basin and can be found in almost all of Spain, with the exception of the north.
La Encina flowers between the months of March and May, but the flowers do not produce nectar. The source of food for the Holm oaks comes from the honeydew that releases these, very rich in minerals. Therefore, the honey of Encina is produced during the whole spring and summer.
Next we show you a video where the holm oaks are shown.
Video: Holm oak tree
2. Benefits and properties of holm oak honey
Oak honey has a number of properties common to the rest of honeys. These common properties are as follows:
It favors the healing of colds and sore throats. This is due to the bactericidal power of honey.
Promotes wound healing: Honey creates ideal conditions for wound healing.
It is also rich in antioxidants as it is a honey that comes mainly from myelates. Antioxidants promote the prevention of degenerative diseases and help to delay aging.
Finally and following the Spanish regulations, we emphasize that honey is a natural product, but it is not a medicine. A medicine will always have the active principles concentrated.
Holm oak honey is rich in iron, ideal for people suffering from anaemia, dysentery and chronic diarrhoea. It also acts extraordinarily well against bronchial and pulmonary disorders.
Holm oak honey is a honey with less sweetness than others, so we recommend it to people who are not looking for less sweet flavours.
Great cooks and gastronomy specialists use the honey of Encina to pair blue cheeses, fried cheeses and fruits, as well as chocolate cakes.
Holm oak honey, like very dark honey, has a high mineral content and a higher proportion of fructose than glucose, which slows down its crystallisation. It is normal to find it almost always liquid.
The honey from Holm oak is brought by the following beekeepers:
Sala e Higón: Packer located in Turís, in the province of Valencia.
Rancho Cortesano: Beekeeper located in Jerez, in the province of Cadiz.
Also, holm oak honey is also found in forest and mountain honeys. Since the holm oak is the characteristic tree of the Mediterranean forest.