Acacia Honey is considered among the best types of honey, many experts even call it the best honey you can buy. Having more than 300 varieties, each with its own distinctive colour, aroma, taste and benefits – this is quite a claim!
Acacia honey is produced from white (Rubinia Pseudoacacia) or yellow (Garagana Arborescens) acacia tree. As yellow acacia is with light yellow colour, the one coming from white acacia is lighter, almost transparent.
Acacia starts blossoming in May and in order for the honey to achieve optimum taste requires a good year with several factors, to mention a few;
Favourable weather; Giving the bees the ability to collect nectar from the acacia trees. The bloom period for acacia is only 10-15 days, and this is in the beginning of the season when the bee colonies haven’t yet picked up momentum, and their strengthening requires a lot of care.
Moisture; Nectar secretion from acacia requires moisture, but if it rains too much the rain could wash away the nectar from the blossom. Sometimes during dry springs there may not be acacia honey yields for several consecutive years. Therefore rain is needed – but not too much! Also the spring tends to have cold spells followed by warm weather which could damage the blossoms.
Crystallisation, Taste and Appearance
Acacia honey remains liquid for longer and crystallises much slower than other types of honey. This is mainly due to the higher fructose content. Its capacity to remain in a runny state for a long time, combined with the beautiful light colour gives it a great appearance.
Acacia honey has delicate flavour with hints of vanilla and mild sweet aftertaste. The unobtrusive taste makes acacia honey highly popular to mix with drinks and other culinary applications, as it can compliment a dish and not be too overpowering.
Acacia honey has low pollen content which makes it suitable for many allergy sufferers. The low sucrose content and high fructose in combination with delicate flavour makes acacia honey a better choice for those who might be sensitive to sugar.
Health Benefits of Acacia Honey
Similar to other varieties of raw honey, acacia provides a wide range of health benefits due to its high concentration of natural antioxidants. The main type being flavonoids, which is believed to lower the risk of heart disease, stroke and lung cancer. Regular consumption of acacia honey has been proven to lower blood pressure and increase hemoglobin levels. Acacia honey purifies the liver. It acts as diuretic and antimicrobial agent. It is often defined, as a natural antibiotic. It is also a strong antiseptic, useful for both external and internal use to heal body sores, skin problems, as acne and eczema. It is known to treat eye issues like conjunctivitis and corneal abrasions. Acacia honey also improves the sleep, it has calming effect on the nervous system and stimulates brain activity.
The combination of appearance, taste and healing properties makes acacia honey the Queen Bee of all honey’s!