Orange Flower Honey
Made of mixed citrus nectars. Thick and sweet, aroma of medium intensity reminiscent of orange flower. Color gradient light amber and white. Over time, it takes on an additional delicate fruity aroma like marmalade with slightly citric acid tones. Light amber to white, the lighter color and milder flavor coming in years when there is a large harvest and the honey is little contaminated by other nectars.
Darkens with age and crystallizes slowly into granules of various sizes. Difficult to tell the dominant citrus species by pollen analysis, but different proportions of citrus nectar and other plants can change the color, flavor and aroma. Orange Blossom honey contains caffeine considered a unique characteristic, although the amount is less than 4 mg/Kg of honey and much less than decaffeinated coffee. Another unique spectrum is the Orange Blossom honey has a sweet and mild flavor and a light citrus fruity taste.
Containing medicinal properties that support health and well-being used both internally and externally, providing wide variety of antioxidants to the diet, a good source of trace minerals supporting nutrition. Contains significant antibacterial properties against a range of pathogens.
According to a study published in “Analytical and Bio analytical Chemistry” in 2011, researchers from the University of Vienna, tested the flavonoid content of different varieties of honey, including orange blossom. Orange blossom honey contains quercetin, hesperitin, luteolin, kaempferol, galangin, naringenin and isorhamnetin — antioxidants with anti-inflammatory, anti-allergy, anti-cancer and immune supporting effects in the body. The antioxidants in orange blossom honey can help protect against free radical damage and reduce the risk of chronic illnesses.
In a nutritional analysis published in “Talanta” in 2005, researchers from the University of Seville tested orange blossom honey for its mineral content. Zinc, boron, manganese, magnesium, calcium, selenium, copper, potassium and sodium were all found in orange blossom honey; however, their levels varied greatly depending on the geographical location from where the honey was gathered.
Orange blossom honey is safe and well-tolerated by the majority of the population. If you have a known allergy to bees or to citrus products then you should avoid orange blossom honey products. According to Dr Michael Murray and Dr Joseph Pizzorno, authors of “The Encyclopaedia of Healing Foods,” honey loses its medicinal value when pasteurized or clarified. When selecting orange blossom honey, purchase brands that offer raw honey options.