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Multifloral honey

Multifloral honey refers  to honey that cannot be  defined as monofloral honey.  This definition should not  be seen as a lack of identity  or minor quality. There is  not only one single type of  multifloral honey because  there are endless possible  floral combinations. Every  kind of multifloral honey  has its own specific features  that repeat themselves year  after year with a smaller or  greater degree of variability.  However its basic distinctive  features are always  recognizable. The parallelism  with vintage wines is the  most suitable one. 

Endless hues of  multiflo wer honey 

Sometimes multiflower  honey is made of a  dominant plant species  that makes up its core  but which is not enough  to define it as monofloral  but at the same time it is not always accompanied  by a constant concurrent  flora. For instance the  honey produced in Emilia  Romagna with a dominant  core of lucerne has more  body than the same honey  made only with lucerne. 

One… two… one  thousand colours

 In other cases two  flowerings of two different  plants leading to two  separate honey harvest can  overlap for different reasons:  in the Alp region it is quite  common to have multiflower  honey made of lime and  chestnut tree honey mixed  together. This combination  matches two very different  and distinctive aromas.  In other cases thousands  of flowers contribute to  the production of honey,  especially in high mountain  areas or in Mediterranean  shrublands. In these cases it  is impossible to ascertain a  dominant note, however the  final result is extraordinary! 

Regional multiflower  honey varieties

 In many areas multiflower  honey varieties present  with specific and constant  features that are as regular  and repetitive as the  ones described above for  unifloral honey varieties.  As a consequence there  are regional products  that can be identified  through designations  of origin. Some of  them are protected at  European level (PDO,  Protected Designation of  Origin or PGI, Protected  Geographical Indication).  Most often the use of these  designations is regulated  at local level by producers’  associations that establish  the compliance standards  for the use of such labels.  Especially in tourist areas,  where the great demand  increases the prestige  and value of the product,  it is advisable to choose  products branded with this  kind of designation. 

An exciting journey 

Discovering the different  mixed flower honey varieties  can be another very  interesting journey, maybe  even more enriching than  the one on unifloral honey  varieties because the object  of discovery is somehow  unique 

 

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