Lavender honey is one of the most delicious and little known honeys in Spain. Among its most important characteristics, we have the following:
Lavender honey has an amber or light amber color and is lighter the more lavandin or savory (Satureja montana) you have, and darker the more honeyates you have.
Finally, we show you the lavender fields of Brihuega where our lavender honeys come from:
Video of the Brihuega fields in Guadalajara.
This honey is unique for its high content in sucrose and maltose, the latter is a disaccharide found only in Lavender that gives this aroma so striking and delicious. In the mouth this honey provokes some sensations in the mouth of sweet and fruity taste with acid notes, and when it has presence of mielatos, light salty notes can appear. All these sensations are long and powerful.
c) Lavender plant
Lavender is a plant belonging to the Lamiaceae family. It can grow freely, without man’s hand or it can be cultivated. However, when it is cultivated it is called lavender.
Lavender is grown mainly on the slopes and rocky or rocky hills of the two Castillas. They mainly grow in the sunniest areas and with good drainage. In addition, it flowers in summer from the month of June in a very homogeneous and progressive over time.
Photo 1: Lavender flower seen from a magnifying glass
d) Flowering and harvesting
Lavender flowers at the end of June and during the whole month of July. Therefore, this honey is harvested in the middle of summer.
2. Benefits and properties
Lavender honey is a natural product very beneficial for health. Its properties are due to two reasons. The first reason is due to its low concentration in water, its high sugar content, and its enzymes. The second reason is due to the components provided by the nectar of lavender flowers.
For this reason, this honey has been used for many generations to treat sore throats and other discomforts. We can also mention its powerful aroma. Aroma widely used in aromatizers and in places that seek relaxation.
According to a study by MG Miguel, MD Antunes and ML Faleiro, lavender honey has the following properties:
Antioxidants: As it contains antioxidants, they will delay aging and the development of degenerative diseases. Since it is the antioxidants that neutralize the free radicals. Free radicals attack the DNA chain and cause great damage to our body.
Modulator of the immune system
Anti-cancer action: One of the reasons for its anti-cancer action are its antioxidants.
Antioxidants that are also sold in a large number of drugs
Metabolic and cardiovascular benefits
Bactericide and antiviral: Honey due to its low composition in water, its enzymes and other components that come from lavender, provide this characteristic. For this reason, this honey is very indicated to help reduce the effects of colds and sore throats.
Rich in iron. The anemia is due in many cases by the lack of iron. This honey is rich in iron, so it is a very natural way to ingest it. However, we recommend the advice of a doctor to increase the effectiveness of absorption of this mineral.
Finally, in this section we collect the knowledge of older people who have tried to use products as natural as possible. Because not only pharmaceutical companies have the right to certify the properties of a product.
Picture 2: Lavender plant
This honey is a very aromatic and delicious honey as we have indicated previously. In the market it is not one of the most appreciated because it is usually associated with air fresheners and perfumes, but once tested, it becomes the most desired.
We recommend Lavender honey for fried maridar, both salty and sweet and poultry sauces.
In the first place, lavender honey crystallizes after a few months in a fine or thick form depending on the types of nectar that the bees have pecorated, that is to say, we will probably buy it crystallized or in advanced process of crystallization.
In addition, Lavender honey is harvested in summer although it is negatively affected by periods of drought and wind. As a consequence, there may be years when it is produced by honey of this variety.
Photo 3: Beehives in Brihuega
Lavender honey is obtained from the following beekeepers:
Antonio Simón: He does not produce lavender honey, but he does produce lavender honey. The lavender would be one of the varieties of the lavender plant. In addition, all the honeys he gives us are organic.
Apícola Moreno: Beekeeper who is located in Brihuega, the most famous town in Guadalajara for its lavender fields.
There are several types of lavender such as lavender and lavender. The lavender would be cultivated lavender and the catueso would be another type of lavender. All of them can be found in other parts of Spain such as the Sierras de Madrid and Aragon.
Brihuega Lavender Fields: The Brihuega Lavender Fields are increasingly known. Fields that bloom from the end of June until the end of July, when they start to be harvested. These fields are also called Spanish Provence.
6. Where to buy lavender honey?
In Europe and the UK you can find lavender honey in many supermarkets. Supermarkets such as Tesco, Lidl, Waitrose and Holland and Barret. These supermarkets bring it mainly from beekeepers in the Mediterranean basin, where the honey is produced.
However, from El Cortijuelo we can send it directly from our beekeepers in Spain. We also assure you that it is raw lavender honey.
6. Frequently asked questions
These are some of the questions you usually ask us both in the store and on the phone:
Picture 4: Lavender plant in May
Does it taste like perfume?
People like lavender honey very much. However, sometimes they associate it with perfumes, and it gives them a bit of a break. However, once they try it, they tend to repeat it very often.
Is it very aromatic?
Yes, this honey is quite aromatic. It’s next to thyme and eucalyptus, which are the most aromatic of all.
Is lavender the same as lavender?
Lavender is a type of lavender, so we could say that lavender and lavender honey are the same.
Are your lavender honeys the same as market and carrefour honeys?
We sell only quality raw lavender honey, which comes as it leaves the hive.
Does your lavender honey come from La Alcarria?
The honey we sell comes from a beekeeper in the municipality of La Alcarria, but we cannot indicate that it is from La Alcarria because it does not have a Denomination of Origin. Our beekeeper used to work with the Designation of Origin but a few years ago he left.
In which areas of the world do we have lavender honey?
According to my research, we can also find lavender honey in the Autonomous Community of Aragon, in France, in Provence, in Mexico and in Chile.