the delicate lavender flower
Let’s start first with the origin of our Lavender honey. It is made in small batches by our bees in Bulgaria, who spend their time foraging in the lavender fields and other wildflowers, making each batch unique. We have to make it clear our honey is not infused with Lavender oil or dry flowers. It is monofloral raw honey made by bees whose primary food source is blossoming lavender bushes. Completely natural, unprocessed and ruffly filtered, you can taste the delicate lavender flavour in every spoon.
raw lavender honey benefits
Many honey connoisseurs consider Lavender honey to be the best in the world. In addition to its culinary uses, Lavender honey can be used medicinally as it is rich in numerous health-boosting compounds, from antifungal substances to flavonoids and phenolic acids such as naringenin, luteolin, gallic acid, and caffeic acid. Lavender honey also contains the primary amino acid of our body – tyrosine. This makes it very useful when fighting depression, anxiety and fatigue. Other amino acids found in Lavender honey are phenylalanine, proline, and isoleucine. Every honey has rich free amino acids, which qualifies them even more as supplementary materials for food products, especially for children.
Botanical Name – Lavandula angustifolia, formerly L. officinalis; its common names include lavender, true lavender or English lavender.
Taste – Flowery, pleasant, well-balanced and rounded, wonderful honey aroma and delicate floral scent. It has a very persistent medium-sweet taste that grows with the finish. In some cases, it has slightly sour notes. It contains weak acidity without bitterness and lingers in the mouth.
Colour – generally has a clear, very light yellow colour to dark amber with rich golden undertones. Its appearance is reminiscent of sun rays trapped in a jar.
Crystallisation – The honey crystallizes in a matter of months. The process makes it solid and changes its colour, making it turn a paler yellow-beige colour.
Differences in the appearance, taste and even fragrance of lavender honey may appear depending on the plant variety the bees had access to. For example, the Spanish Grosso variety of lavender (Lavandula stoechas) yields honey with a less delicate flavour profile. This is suggested to be a result of the species’ higher content of an aromatic compound called camphor which instils the honey with a sour-bitter, almondy and not-so-pleasant aftertaste. Different lavender varieties or hybrids may produce exceptionally light or medium-amber honey.
Best partnered – Lavender honey is delicious over feta or goat cheese and pairs well with blue and semi-soft cheeses like the decadent triple-crème-styles like Pierre Robert or Brillat-Savarin.
A pleasure at breakfast, a delicacy to relax you and promote a perfect day.
It can be spread on toast, waffles, pancakes, biscuits, croissants or crispy bread.
It is most suitable for beverages, desserts and baking. It also makes a very unusual honey ice cream.
There is no way we can make your taste buds understand lavender honey. There is only one way for this: try it and feel it yourself.
- Lavender honey has antimycotic properties
A study was published in October 2001 in the Journal of Food Science and Technology. “Antifungal effect of lavender honey against Candida albicans, Candida krusei and Cryptococcus neoformans,” say that it was not the sugar content that gave the antifungal effects (in vitro). Three fungi were studied: Candida albicans, Candida krusei, and Cryptococcus neoformans, and lavender honey showed high antifungal activity against all of them, particularly against Candida krusei. The study concluded that honey could be used as a natural remedy for mycotic infections.
- It has high antioxidant properties.
This effect is due to its flavonoids and phenol compounds: naringenin and luteolin, found in high amounts in lavender honey, just as there are high levels of gallic acid and caffeic acid. It is considered that gallic acid can kill cancer cells without harming the healthy ones. Caffeic acid is used in supplements to boost athletic performance and treat exercise-related fatigue.
- It helps in wound healing.
Lavender Honey has been used as a home remedy for ailments from athlete’s foot to arthritis pain. Lavender Honey is often used as a first-aid treatment for cuts and burns. It has anti-microbial qualities that inhibit bacteria growth and helps to keep wounds clean and deter infection. This honey also acts as an anti-inflammatory to help reduce swelling.
- Beneficial for skin health
It can help reduce the frequency of acne breakouts naturally because it exerts a local antibacterial action and because it has a soothing effect, calming irritation and redness. Moreover, light honey, like lavender, is excellent for dull skin, giving the skin a natural glow and radiance. They also help cleanse pores, further contributing to managing acne.
- Useful for respiratory infections
Honey, in general, is an excellent natural remedy for cough and sore throat. Its dense texture makes it great for throat soreness, soothing irritation and healing the throat lining. Its antibacterial action helps reduce bacterial load, improving the evolution of respiratory tract infections such as the common cold and the flu and their symptoms. It is recommended to add honey to tea or take it as it is. Raw, unprocessed, unfiltered honey is best because it contains all its beneficial components.