Honeydew honey: healing properties and benefits

Honeydew honey: healing properties and benefits

The Honeydew honey it is one of the qualities of honeys of particular importance from the curative point of view. Beneficial properties and nourishing substances make it an effective natural remedy, also highly appreciated for its taste.

One of the peculiarities of this honey is linked to the fact that the api they do not produce it starting from the flowers, but from a substance, the honeydew.

What is honeydew

The creeping it’s a sugary substance produced by other insects, such as aphids (plant parasites). It is also present only on some plants including linden, fir, maple and downy oak.

Its sweetish taste is able to attract other insects. This is a good combination if the honeydew serves to attract bees by favoring them honey production. The formation of this substance must be carefully monitored if it is released, for example, on the plants of your garden.

Fir honeydew

Among the trees that are mostly used by bees for harvesting honeydew is thefir. The result is a honey rich in beneficial properties, especially as regards the respiratory tract.

From fir honeydew a product is obtained that is capable of acting as a lung antiseptic and a natural remedy for the respiratory tract. Its aromatic flavor goes well with hot milk and cheeses, with which it best expresses its organoleptic characteristics.

Honeydew honey, characteristics and flavor

The flavor of Honeydew honey tends towards bitterness and seems to resume a flavor close to that of the bark and soil. Its amber complexion is darker than other qualities. This is one of its characteristics miele it does not crystallize like other varieties and is very rich in nutrients.

This food is also termed forest honeydew honey, as bees mainly produce it near woods and forests. The famous one also falls into this definition Honey from the Black Forest, obtained from the so-called forest honeydew.

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Nutritional values ​​and calories

I nutritional values of honeydew inevitably refer to the quantity of sugars present in it:

  • about 75% of the substance is composed of sugars (glucose, fructose, maltose and sucrose), while in the other types of honey it reaches 80%;
  • a further 17% is composed of water.

As for the remaining part, honeydew honey is particularly rich in beneficial substances and nutrients.

Sali minerals, manganese, phosphorus, zinc, cobalt and sulfur are some of the trace elements that distinguish its features, together with the reduced amount of sugar such as glucose, fructose and sucrose. This particular abundance has earned this food the nickname of “sportsman’s honey”.

Also present in good quantity football, magnesium, sodium e potassium, while also proving to be an excellent source of ferro. Inside it is also possible to find polyphenols and others antioxidants, as well as probiotic bacteria.

On the front of calorie, honeydew honey is found to offer 300 kcal for every 100 grams of edible product. These are mostly simple sugars, immediately available. Precisely for this reason it is good not to overdo it, under penalty of possible weight gain, especially if the consumption is not followed by a physical activity that will allow to consume the excess caloric volume.

The honey of the poor

Honeydew honey is a very popular bee product, as well as being known as “honey of the poor“. This is because its relatively low price allowed it to be used by most people, unlike the much more expensive Manuka honey. With the latter, however, he shares many of his own healing properties, representing in fact a practical and economic alternative.

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Honeydew honey, healing and beneficial properties

Among the most appreciated properties of honeydew honey is undoubtedly theantibiotic action. Also able to counteract some bacteria that have developed antibiotic resistance, this product is also effective antiseptic. It can therefore be used on some types of wounds to favor their scarring and speed up the healing process.

Its characteristic of anti-inflammatory allows this honey to be very useful in case of sore throat, cough and gum inflammation, which also fights thanks to the antibiotic and antiseptic properties described above. Super food of health, honeydew honey takes advantage of its content of probiotic bacteria to help restore the balance of the intestinal bacterial flora.

Natural energizer

By exploiting the nutrients within it and the natural balance between simple and complex sugars, honeydew honey is an excellent energizing as well as a tonic and remedy for brain health.

It is very suitable as a food to support thephysical activity, to which it contributes as natural energizer.

It also allows a quick recovery of the levels of mineral salts and trace elements lost during training or sports.

Suitable for diabetics

Honeydew honey revitalizes the nervous system by avoiding excessively increasing the level of glucose in the blood: essentially, it has a lower glycemic index than other types of honey.

This characteristic linked to the level of glucose in the blood makes it honeydew honey suitable for diabetics, if consumed obviously in moderation.

Quality and Bio, because they are important

As with the purchase of other foods, also in the case of honeydew honey it is important to pay close attention to the quality of the product. Better still if at the quality the provenance is associated bio.

Pollution and the presence of intensive cultivation treated with pesticides or herbicides risk compromising the quality and healing properties of honeydew honey. Furthermore, there is the risk, in case of proximity to busy roads or industrial areas, that the product may contain residues of heavy metals.

Where possible, always check the honey production area, preferring honeydew collected near wooded areas isolated from the typically urban environment. The guarantee of a organic product it will certainly be an added value.

Honeydew honey, use in the kitchen

The classic use for honeydew honey is to add a teaspoon of it when tasting a tea, herbal tea or other infusions. However, it should be remembered that this food tends to show a bitter aftertaste, so it may not be suitable if you are looking for a natural sweetener particularly “sugary”.

Those who particularly love its bitter aftertaste could choose to use it a Breakfast, spreading it on bread or a toast.

As already mentioned for fir honeydew honey, a natural use for this food is thepairing with cheeses. However, it is necessary to carefully select the level of maturation and the type of product (for example whether from cow’s or sheep’s milk).

Those looking for a lower level of sugar in desserts can certainly try theuse of forest honeydew. You can get delicious cakes, biscuits, but also tasty muffins.

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