Why pollen? Because that’s how floral sources are determined and honey purity is evaluated. When several honeys are harvested separately and mixed together by producers to obtain a certain taste or appearance, then the resulting honey is called a ‘blend of honeys’ or ‘blended honey‘.
What does polyfloral honey look, taste and smell like? Different varieties will have their own, unique appearance and aroma. But because only certain nectars give honey a very light pigment and polyfloral honeys contain different nectars, they are often a medium amber color or have darker, brown-reddish reflections, but this is not a rule. As for the taste, they tend to have a stronger flavor profile and sometimes bolder notes, hence the reason some prefer them to milder-tasting monofloral varieties.
What are the health benefits of polyfloral honey? Honey in general shares similar properties, but each nectar in its composition brings with it elements with a unique therapeutic action, characteristic of the plant of origin, making polyfloral honey a delicious and, sometimes, healthier option than monofloral varieties. Here are 7 wonderful properties, benefits and uses of polyfloral honeys:
1) Tonic and nourishing. Polyfloral honey is considered to have a more varied nutritional profile than certain monofloral honeys simply because of the variety of nectar types in its composition which is more likely to provide a wider range of nutrients and other biologically active elements. Polyfloral honeys are a source of multiple essential nutrients like B vitamins and vitamin C, potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, but also other elements with nutritional value like pollen particles, enzymes, amino acids etc. The raw, unprocessed and unheated honey is good for low blood sugar levels, low energy levels and fatigue.
2) Strong immune-boosting properties. Rich in different pollen types, polyfloral honey exhibits immuno-modulating activity, more exactly it stimulates the immune system to respond better to infection and disease. Pollen does this by increasing vitamin C content in the immune system organs that produce white blood cells, by reducing inflammation and exerting antioxidant and antibiotic properties. However, other antioxidants and the antibacterial elements in polyfloral honeys also contribute to a stronger immune system and better health.
But plant pollen is also a source of allergic reactions. If you have multiple pollen allergies, avoid polyfloral honeys because you never really know what types of pollen they contain. If you are allergic to honey bees, then it is recommended to avoid anything they produce (honey, propolis, royal jelly, bee bread).
3) Wound healing and other skin benefits. The antibacterial elements in polyfloral honey (the antiseptic hydrogen peroxide) and characteristics (acidic pH, low moisture content, natural sugars) give it wound healing benefits. Using it as a natural face mask can help reduce acne, nourish the skin and give it a natural glow.
4) Good for colds, flu and other respiratory infections. Honey in general has natural antibacterial, antiseptic and even antibiotic properties, helping inhibit bacteria growth and reduce bacteria numbers. Combined with its tonic, strengthening effect and immune-boosting properties, it can prove a great ally for the treatment of respiratory tract infections like the common cold, flu, sinusitis, bronchitis etc.
5) Natural remedy for cough and sore throat. Eating the raw honey helps form a protective barrier over the throat lining, preventing further inflammation and reducing existing irritation. This helps soothe throat soreness and calms cough. However, to produce its benefits, the honey has to be raw, unprocessed and unheated. This means that if we added to tea, we should first let the tea cool down to room temperature because heat destroys the beneficial properties of honey in general.
6) Good for gastritis and stomach upset. Eating raw honey, polyfloral included, is said to help calm stomach upset and relieve irritation of the stomach lining, potentially helping improve gastritis. The natural sugars in polyfloral honeys boast mild prebiotic properties, helping improve transit time and regulating digestion. Some say eating honey is also good for constipation and indeed, some people report experiencing diarrhea if they eat too much, proof it stimulates transit.
7) Richer in antioxidants. Generally, the darker the color, the more pigments the honey contains and many natural pigments also exert antioxidant effects. Polyfloral varieties have been found to have a stronger antioxidant action than light-colored monofloral honeys, but not necessarily the strongest.
Which is better: polyfloral or monofloral honey? There are benefits to both monofloral and polyfloral honey types and honey, irrespective of its nectar and pollen profile, remains a healthy food with a varied therapeutic action. This being said, there are arguments in favor of both types being better than the other. The truth lies with the consumer and his or her use of the honey.
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My beehives are located in sunny sub-tropical Brisbane, QLD and the bees enjoy copious amounts of sunshine all year round. As an organic minded beekeeper I carefully harvest the delicious liquid golden sunshine so you too can enjoy a little sunshine in your day. You can come for a fun tour of the Apiary (Brisbane based) and if you want a backyard beehive of your very own, I have bees for that too!
Echoing all the other reviews - this is honestly an amazing experience! Deborah was a delight during the experience, sharing her knowledge and showing us the many different stages of each hive. She is so passionate about the bees and it honestly rubs off on you. You have time to just stand there and appreciate the glistening honey, listen to the meditative sound of buzzing bees, look at all the different colours of the bee's 'pollen pants' and just watching the bees going about their business when she lifts each frame. We could honestly watch them all day and the smell of the honey is to die for! If you have always wanted to try honey comb - this is the way to experience it!!
Highly recommend this experience - even more so if you are lucky enough to have the space to start your own! We rushed home to enjoy the goodies and to try the delightful creamed honey (it is fantastic by the way)! Thanks John & Deborah :)