Summary: Orange blossom honey is one of the most aromatic, sweet and delicious honeys of all. They all come from Spanish beekeepers who are committed to its quality. They are also available in our shop in Las Rozas de Madrid.
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1. Our raw orange blossom honey
Orange blossom honey is one of the most demanded and beloved honeys. Below we will see its most important characteristics:
Orange blossom honey is clearer and clearer, the more nectar the lemon blossom has. This honey can even reach a very pure white color. However, you can take darker colors if you have another type of floral source. Fundamentally, some type of honeydew. Because myelates come from the sap of trees and are rich in minerals. The minerals are those that give dark color to the honey.
b) Aroma and flavour
On the other hand, the aroma of this honey is very characteristic and unique, due to the presence of an aromatic substance called methyl anthranilate. This substance gives a very characteristic taste which, when tasted, is reminiscent of the taste of orange blossom.
Below is a video about orange blossoms:
Video from orange blossom
Finally, its intensity and persistence varies according to the proportion of orange and lemon blossom it has and the growing area. Also, the sensation in the mouth that this honey produces us is very different from the rest of the clear honeys. For this reason, this honey has a very peculiar taste and makes it so demanded.
c) Trees that give the orange blossom flower
Orange blossom is a group of orange, mandarin and lemon trees. Fruit trees found in warm and soft areas.
In Spain, large plantations of these fruit trees are found in the coastal areas of the Mediterranean coast: Valencia, Murcia and Andalusia. Areas with a warm and mild climate.
Video 2: Our orange blossom honeys
d) Flowering and harvesting
Due to the different varieties of orange and lemon trees, we always find orange blossoms. For this reason, orange blossom honey is harvested throughout the summer.
e) Not Homegenized
Our honeys come from a single beekeeper, and have not been homogenised with honeys from different places.
Below is a video on orange blossoms:
The majority pollen found in these honeys belongs to the orange tree, Citrus x sinensis. However, pollen from other plants can also appear; fabaceae, asteraceae, cistáceas, olive tree, holm oak or kermes oak.
The orange varieties are mostly from the Navel group, which have the peculiarity of having pollen sterility and antenna indehiscence to reduce the amount of seeds.
Photo 1: Orange blossom magnified with a magnifying glass.
g) Useful life:
Dicja honey will lose some of its qualities after two years.
h) Target population
This honey is suitable for all public except those under 2 years old. We recommend medical supervision for children under the age of two.
i) Ecological and conventional
We have at your disposal organic and conventional orange blossom honey. In the case of organic, if you wish, we can show you the organic certificates.
j) Gift of nature
Honey is a gift given to us by nature and it is extracted without eliminating any living being. A natural product and very beneficial for our health.
k) Support for the rural environment
All these honeys come from beekeepers who provide employment and create wealth in rural areas. We want to help and promote the development of rural areas.
2. Benefits and properties
Orange blossom honey, as already indicated in other honeys, is a honey that brings us great health benefits. The benefits it brings to our health are due to two reasons.
Firstly, because of its high concentration in sugars and its enzyme content. Secondly, to the beneficial components provided by the nectar of the orange blossom. Among these uses, we have:
Helps the sore throat: This honey has beneficial effect in the fight against sore throat and other respiratory conditions.
Helps to fall asleep: Also, components of this honey could have a calming and relaxing effect. To take advantage of both effects, a glass of milk with a spoonful of honey can be prepared before going to bed.
Promotes wound healing: Honey acts against bacteria that can cause infection and create very favourable conditions for wound healing.
However, we want to emphasize that these properties we have indicated are the accumulation of experience and popular knowledge. Honey is not a medicine. Only drugs have the ability to indicate properties.
The clear honeys as the honey of orange blossom, come fundamentally from the nectar of the flowers. For this reason, they are honey rich in antioxidants. They protect us against heart disease and degenerative diseases, as well as different types of cancer.
Finally, this honey has been traditionally used for its sedative and relaxing effects, helping to fall asleep. It is also used as an antispasmodic.
The only contraindication of orange blossom honey is if taken in very high quantities. Since the honey is very calorific and will make you take kilos.
Orange blossom honey has the following traditional uses in
a) In gastronomy
Orange blossom raw honey is ideal to sweeten any dish or dessert, whenever we want to give it a more neutral and sweet taste.
Moreover, great chefs use this honey to give a special touch to salted and marinated fish or meat dishes. This honey has a very mild aroma that combines very well with these dishes.
Finally, this honey together with rosemary honey is the most suitable for making many natural ice creams.
We can also make the following dishes and desserts with orange blossom honey:
Ice cream with orange blossom honey.
b) Other uses
Orange blossom honey also has the following very common uses
On the skin
It is a great natural antiseptic. It helps wounds to heal without leaving a mark.
According to internet sources, orange blossom honey promotes sleep. Properties that we have not certified scientifically.
Our honeys of orange blossom have not been pasteurized or manipulated. One of the most common manipulations is its pasteurization, a process that is carried out so that the honey never solidifies. For this reason, our honey can be found in a solid state or in the process of crystallization. This process is accelerated to temperatures close to 14 ºC. As a consequence, it is more common to find it solid in the summer and liquid in the summer.
5. Origin of this honey
All these honeys are obtained from the following Spanish beekeepers:
Organic and no organic
In order to ensure the quality of the honey, we have visited its apiaries, its extraction and packaging machinery. What’s more, we have analysed the production from the time it is produced by the bees until it is sold to the consumer. Also, in the case of organic honeys, we often ask them for their organic certificates
6. Frequently asked questions
These are some of the questions you usually ask us:
a) Is there any other honey with such a pleasant aroma as this one?
Orange blossom honey is one of the honeys with a pleasant flavour, according to many customers. Other similar ones would be lemon ,which would be a kind of orange blossom. Then we would have the one of rosemary and coriander, both soft and with a very pleasant aroma.
Photo 1: Orange blossom
b) Is orange blossom honey pure honey with nothing?
Orange blossom honey, like all other honeys, is pure honey of the highest quality without any additives. The only thing is that this honey has been made by bees mainly from orange blossoms.
c) Do you sell a thousand orange blossoms with royal jelly and propolis?
Yes, we do have this honey available with royal jelly and also with propolis.
d) Is it worth buying orange blossom honey from Lidl, Mercadona, Carrfour, el Corte Inglés…?
This is a particular decision of each person. We can assure you that we only sell top quality artisan honey. Orange blossom honey that comes from reliable beekeepers.
7. Find out more:
Of the questions you ask yourselves most often, we will answer them here:
Calories from this honey: This honey like any other will have almost the same calories per 100 gr. It will depend slightly if the honey has more or less water, or more or less minerals.
Honey in cream: When honey is in cream is that they have let it crystallize in special conditions. The honey is the same, but with a creamy texture.
Honey in Carrefour and Mercadona: These honeys have nothing to do with quality orange blossom honey. We, on the other hand, ensure the quality and honesty of the beekeeper who produces it.
We are also going to show you the chemical analyses of the honey we sell:
Composition of organic orange blossom honey by Antonio Simón:
Next we show you the chemical parameters of this honey:
Colour (mm Pfund): Maximum 45
Humidity: (%): Maximum 18
Fructose + glucose (%): Minimum 60
Sucrose (%): Maximum 10
Electrical conductivity (mS/cm): Maximum 0.55
Free acidity: (meq/kg): Maximum 50
HNF (mg/Kg= ppm): Maximum 40
Diastasas (Schade Units): Minimum 8
Methyl anthranilate (ppm): Minimum 1,2
Finally, for more information, please contact us. We will be happy to assist you.