Honey is one of the popular natural products with rich and pleasant taste and full of useful properties. One of its varieties is wild honey; A unique source of trace and valuable elements that can heal the whole body and maximize its energy source. In the following, the characteristics of this honey, its extraction rules and, most importantly, the properties of wild (mountain) honey and other related matters will be stated.
Specifications and descriptions of wild honey
Bees that live in the wild are different from their breeding counterparts. They are dark gray in color and are found deep in the forest on wooden hives.
Because wild bees collect nectar away from big cities, businesses, and vehicles, their produce is clean and natural, and it also does not contain artificial additives commonly used by beekeepers.
Because wild honey is harvested only once a year for 2-3 weeks and a large number of wild bees collect a small amount of this sweet in each season, the price is very high. Another factor that affects the price of this product is the difficulty of producing it.
Flavor, color and aroma
Mountain honey is distinguished by its dark color (dark brown) and high concentration. This type of honey also has a special aroma that is exactly related to the vegetation of that area. The difference with other honeys is that it is a little dull and has a bitter taste. The absence of harmful additives and the high percentage of trace elements in this honey determine its high value. In general, it is a very good product, which stimulates curiosity and tests it.
Wild honey harvesting rules
- Wear protective clothing against bee stings
- Lifting equipment to go to certain heights in rocks, caves or trees
- Carrying a special shovel for collecting honey and a special smoke machine for dispersing wild bees.
- Important Note: All wild honey produced should not be harvested. Some of it is essential for the survival of wild bees in the cold season.
Wild honey has a unique chemical composition and stays in the shoulders for a long time. It is saturated with almost all valuable vitamins and elements.
The chemical composition of wild honey includes the following:
- The full range of vitamins
- Amino acid
- Glucose, fructose and sucrose.
This product also includes:
- Pollen – the main component of honey;
- Bee’s milk – which is an enzymatic component for feeding larvae;
- Wax components – pieces of honeycomb “hats” in the hive;
- Apitokine (bee venom) – a component of copper, magnesium, calcium and phosphorus with a bitter taste.
All of these natural supplements make wild honey very healthy. This honey is relatively high in calories. The caloric content of wild honey depends on its composition and place of collection and is on average 400 kcal per 100 g.
Properties of wild honey
This honey has properties similar to the properties of natural honey with a slight difference:
- Improves the digestive system and increases appetite.
- Helps treat respiratory diseases. (Like one of the properties of thyme honey)
- It has antiseptic properties.
- Improves metabolism and circulatory system function.
- It has a powerful antiviral and antimicrobial effect.
- Improves the immune system. (Similar to one of the properties of honey and black seed)
- Strengthens the nervous system, has a calming effect.
- Improves concentration in brain function.
- Improves fatigue, insomnia and power exhaustion.
Therefore, wild honey has a positive effect on almost all organs and systems of the human body and helps to treat and prevent many diseases. It is also used to make a variety of masks, compresses and ointments. From time immemorial, many have known that honey masks slow down the aging process, rejuvenate the skin and give it freshness and softness.
Warnings and contraindications
If the product is consumed in natural doses, it will usually not be harmful. However, the use of honey should be used with caution and under the supervision of a physician in people with diabetes, people with serious chronic diseases, pregnant women and lactating mothers.
In general, wild honey can not be used in the following cases:
- Children under 2 years,
- People who are allergic to bee products;
- Immediately after eating melon.
Excessive consumption of wild honey can lead to the following:
- Enamel destruction;
- Allergic reaction.
How to detect wild honey
Wild honey is an extremely valuable and, of course, expensive commodity; For this reason, some unscrupulous people sell ordinary honey or even artificial honey as wild (mountain) honey.
If in doubt when buying wild honey, there are a few things to consider:
- Since there is no exact sensory and experimental way to diagnose natural honey, only the honey test sheet should be considered.
- The sucrose of this type of honey should be very low and at zero.
- The minimum amount of proline in this honey should be more than 180 mg and its diastolic activity should be more than 8.
- Given the price of this type of honey, it is recommended to buy it as a guarantee so that if it is counterfeit, it is possible to get a refund.
How to use
Daily use of this sweet honey treatment will bring many benefits to the body. An adult can eat 1-2 tablespoons daily.
Unfortunately, some people make a fairly common mistake: Putting honey in hot tea! This is very much so. Wild honey loses many useful properties under the influence of high temperatures. Swallowing or swallowing immediately is also not correct. You need to hold some of it on the tongue to make contact with the taste buds on the tongue.
The use of this product with a metal spoon (contact with metal) is not recommended. Therefore, it is better to use a wooden or plastic spoon. It is better to take the honey out of the package as it is to be consumed.
Terms and conditions of storage
It is important not only how the wild honey is collected, but also how it is stored. Proper storage allows you to enjoy for a long time the taste and beneficial properties of the biologically active ingredients of this honey.
Optimal storage conditions:
- Temperature – more than + 7 degrees Celsius,
- No difference in temperature,
- Prevent product freezing,
- Store in a glass container with a tight lid.