- Region: Bulgaria
- Price range: mid, mid-high, high, exclusive
- Colour: dark
- Crystallization: very slow (hard crystallization, because of its high glucose content)
- Taste: earthy (woody and warm)
- Sweetness: medium
- Most suitable for: Use the same way as manuka honey
Honeydew honey or Forest honey is a type of honey made not from blossom nectar but from honeydew excreted by plant sucking insects such as aphids. It is usually produced from trees, both conifers and deciduous, although it may also produced from grasses and plants.
While the composition of honeydew honey varies by the type of insect and plant, just as the composition of blossom honey varies by the type of blossom, there are some common differences. In general, honeydew honey is higher in minerals and amino acids as well as higher molecular weight sugars in particular, melezitose and raffinose. Oligosaccharides are prebiotics that have a beneficial effect on bacteria in the digestive system.
Honeydew honey has very high antibacterial potency of both types: peroxide and non peroxide its antioxidant power is especially high. It has also high prebiotic activity. Honeydew honeys contain more oligosaccharides and have a stronger prebiotic activity than blossom honeys. Which contribute a lot to treating constipation.
Honeydew honey is famous for its gastroprotective activity: the explanations of all the good digestive benefits of honeydew honey are various and they all show that honey has different components that work synergistically and result in therapeutic properties.
Bulgarian Honeydew Honey which is harvested in Strandja Mountain is one of the best in the world. Produced in oak forests, as the Strandja Mountain Oak Massif is the second largest in Europe and was declared as a national natural reservation area.
The Strandja Mountain honeydew honey has dark to black color and distinctive aroma. The honeydew honey contains a large number of free amino acids, more important of which are aspartic acid, alanine, arginine, cysteine, glycine, glutamic acid, histidine, lysine, methionine and others. The most significant difference between honeydew honey and blossom honey is in its mineral substances. In this type of honey they are from 5 to 9 times more. Honeydew honey contains huge amounts of antioxidants that have anti-cancer effect and increases the hemoglobin.