Forest honey or honeydew honey

This type of honey is made from honeydew excreted by various insects such as the ones belonging to the Hemiptera order, which live on the green areas of a plant, from plant sucking insects such as apids or from the excretion of the various green parts of plants. It is produced from trees (both deciduous and conifers), grasses and other plants.

There are various types of honeydew honey, depending on its source of provenience (main tree, plant, grass). Thus, you can consume fir, oak or spruce forest honey. Because of this, many people have the impression that this type of honey is produced from the sap secreted from the tree. The situation is a bit different. Rarely do plants exude a substance similar to honeydew that can be used by bees. This substance is secreted due to an injury or shocked suffered by the plant. However, this misconception is better than the one that was around for centuries. Ancient Romans and not only they were convinced that the dew came from the stars.

The dew secretion depends on a series of factors: internal factors (genetic factors of insects), biotic factors (parasites, predators, pests) and external factors ( weather conditions, soil, altitude). The dew is an indirect product obtained with the help of insects which feed themselves with the juice of the plants and then eliminate the sugars that their body does not need. The honeybees collect these sugars.

However, this is a very difficult task, in which the working honeybees have to invest a lot of energy. For this reasons the honeybees that gather dew die sooner than the ones that collect blossom nectar. Forest honey is not very good for the honeybees, because during winter time it can cause the death of bees by intoxicating them. Not even in summer time, is this honey very good for honeybees, because it might contain sugars that the bees cannot assimilate.

Forest honey remains in a liquid state for a long period of time, even for years in a row. However, there are cases when it becomes so viscous that the honeycombs have to be melted in an oven over some special grills. It has a dark color with green fluorescence. It has a medium sweetness and it is not very acid. It has a woody and warm aroma. It also has a high electrical conductivity.

Honeydew honey has in its composition inhibin (a very powerful bactericide), minerals, calcium and magnesium. It has a highly therapeutic value because the human organism batter assimilates calcium and magnesium naturally than artificially. It is also a very good, natural laxative. It also has an antiseptic and an anti-inflammatory action. Thus, it can be used in treating various respiratory diseases.

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