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) 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.
c) 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.
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.
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.
f) Useful life:
Dicja honey will lose some of its qualities after two years.
g) 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.
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.
Raw orange blossom honey is ideal for sweetening any dish or dessert, as long as we want to give it a more neutral and sweet taste.
In addition, the great cooks use this honey to give a special touch to salted and marinated fish or meat. Because this honey has a very mild aroma that goes well with these dishes.
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:
Moreno Beekeeper: Beekeeper who packages orange blossom honey from Valencia.
Rancho Cortesano: Product that is located in Jerez, a town in Cadiz. It provides us with both organic and conventional honey.
Sala e Higón: Producer located in Valencia.
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. 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: