No protected status for honey as yet but some should have it
The coastal region northeast of Valencia is known as the Costa Del Azahar or the Orange blossom coast. There’s good reason for that, millions of orange trees grow there, orchard after orchard as far as the eye can see. The smell of the blossom is wonderful and our little honey-making friends love it too. Without the bees there’d be no oranges and visa versa. The bees polinate the trees, giving Valencia millions of sweet oranges and as an extra bonus the rich, delicious tasting honey.
Honey production doesn’t end there, in the mountains that create the stunning background to the orange groves grows an abundance of wild herbs. Rosemary, thyme and lavender cloak the rocky soil. The smell here in spring as you walk through the grass and herbs is overwhelming. The honey here is very different in taste, paler in colour but still extremely delicious and 100% natural.
I bought the jar above a few weeks ago near Villa Real and it tastes like no honey I’ve had before. It’s a little gritty which I think is the pollen, not overly sweet. There’s a high Propoleo or Propolis content which is said to be a natural anti-biotic. It’s rich in Royal jelly, Jalea Real. which has some huge health claims, here’s few of the things it’s said to help with, asthma, hay fever, liver disease, pancreatitis, sleep troubles (insomnia), premenstrual syndrome (PMS), stomach ulcers, kidney disease, bone fractures, menopausal symptoms, skin disorders, and high cholesterol. It is also used as a general health tonic, for fighting the effects of aging, and for boosting the immune system.
The label states Energia Maximum 100% and although I’m usually very cynical about these claims I had a spoonful every morning and was raring to go (unusal for me on a morning). If you can find it get the pure natural honey, I’ve looked but I can’t find anything from Spain like this in the UK. There’s honey a plenty but not like the one above. Perhaps there’s an UK version?
The obvious answer go to Valencia and try it. If you like the coast try Alcosebre, the Mountains Rob Farar’s (he loves the local honey) beautiful house near Serra de Galceran. The coast is only 30 minutes drive so you get the best of both worlds.
Interesting site for bee lovers and their produce here.
You can buy Spanish honey here