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Sunflower Honey

Origin : Spain and other areas of the Iberian Peninsula.
Representative species: Sunflower (Helianthus annuus).
Main floral composition: Sunflower (Helianthus annuus), lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), carrasca (Quercus L), thyme (Thymus vulgaris), savory (Satureja spp) and varied native wild flora.
Production period: summer.
Color : amber/light golden to straw yellow to turn to more intense pigmentations when other species appear.
Flavor : moderately intense and soft at the same time, sweetness soft, slightly fruity, refreshing and very pleasant to the palate.
Aroma : fresh, light, floral and persistent with oily nuances.
Peculiarities: raw honey, pure, not homogenized, not filtered, without added sugars.
Conservation : keep dry, semi-dark and cool.
** In its natural process, honey crystallizes and hardens according to various parameters (temperature, floral origin, etc..).

Characteristics of Sunflower Honey

The bees tenaciously collect the delicacies that the flowers of the cozy sunflowers offer them, to give place in their hives to a splendid natural honey of unparalleled quality.
Its taste is sweet, moderately intense and soft at the same time, slightly fruity, refreshing and very pleasant to the palate, with some pungent taste when passing through the throat, being noticed slight itching. Fresh, light, floral and persistent aroma with oily nuances, it has a delicate creamy texture that quickly crystallizes in a manner consistent with natural crystals of thick size.
With the predominance of sunflowers, its bright amber/golden color (when crystallized) is evident, previously passing through straw yellow tones (in liquid phase), to turn to more intense pigmentations when thyme, carrascas, lavandas and other species of small size acquire specific weight; extremely cautious, lurk the working lands from nearby slopes of small serrano forests, thus winning the game at the hand of man.
It is a honey very rich in vitamin E and natural healthy fatty acids.

Excellence of Sunflower Honey:

Like the rest of our honeys and beehive derivatives (pollen, propolis, royal jelly..), it is a natural honey handmade sunflower collected by our bees that meets all the premises to be an extraordinarily complete natural product:

• Raw: it has not been subjected to processes of overheating (more than 40 degrees) or pasteurization, preserving intact all nutrients, vitamins and enzymes, also preserving its wonderful taste and olfactory qualities.
• Non-homogenized: we produce natural honeys of different geographical or floral origins that are never mixed, because our permanent purpose is to preserve the essence and purity from its origin to the final destination of the product
• Pure: it is produced by bees releasing pollen and nectar from flowers, and sometimes secretions of sucking plants and insects, proceeding a posteriori to its transformation and storage in the cells of the boxes of the hive.
• We therefore employ a rigorous artisanal process, in which no factors outside those that nature itself provides intervene.
• Unfiltered: to maintain all the natural qualities of origin and thus achieve a unique natural product, we never filter our honeys.
• No added sugars: our honeys only have natural sugars typical of an unadulterated natural product.

Usage tips

The Natural Sunflower Honeys collected by our bees have unique values, so it is advisable to take them directly, savoring them inside the mouth as long as possible before ingesting them. To make them more manageable in those cases that are preferred diluted, it is recommended at most, warm the "bain-marie" to temperature that never exceeds 40 º to avoid the loss of natural qualities.

Conservation tips

Keep in a dry, semi-dark and cool place to keep intact in a natural way all its virtues.

Sunflower honey, where does it come from?

This exquisite pure honey artisanal, it is produced by bees as a result of the libation to extract pollen and nectar from the flowers of plant species predominate, such as sunflower (Helianthus annuus) lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), oak (Quercus L.), thyme (Thymus vulgaris), savory (Satureja spp.) and wild flora native varied, adding to this sweet floral composition, resinous substances a number of shrubby species or trees in the forest in castilla - la mancha, which are collected by the pecoreadoras of the hive.

The species majority of which comes this natural honey of supreme quality is the sunflower, annual plant of high height with taproot, stems erect, and broad alternate leaves slightly serrate; inflorescence, or chapter flower up to 30 cm in diameter, is formed by hundreds of small tubular flowers, in whose outer diameter is available to the ray florets look like petals, which are golden yellow, with the purpose of attracting bees pollinator between other insects. Small fertilized flowers give rise to ovoid and flattened achenes (fruits/sunflower seeds or pipes).
It is a species with marked heliotropism when it is young (the floral chapter rotates according to the position of the sun), so that when it matures it remains in a fixed position towards the East.

Sunflower honey, etymology and History

Helianthus annuus, commonly called Sunflower, is a herbaceous plant whose natural origin covers the area of Central and North America, cultivated a posteriori as food, oilseeds and ornamental throughout the planet.

Its scientific name comes from the combination of two words of Greek origin, "helios = sun” and "anthos" = flower, therefore = flower of the sun. "Annuus" refers to annual and comes from Latin. The common name sunflower refers to the rotation of the floral chapter according to the position of the sun (heliotropism).
There are reviews of its cultivation in 1000 BC, although it is believed it was first cultivated in Mexico around 2600 BC, used in these Amerindian cultures (Aztecs, incas,..) as a symbol representing the deity of the sun; in fact, Francisco Pizarro found it in those areas and brought seeds to Europe at the beginning of the sixteenth century, from which point began the expansion of its cultivation.

Recipes with Sunflower Honey

Cutouts for athletes with Sunflower Honey

To prepare these healthy recipes, we will have 300 grs of organic oat flakes, 3 tablespoons of Sunflower Honey, 30 grs of walnuts, 30 grs of Marcona almond, organic cocoa powder to weight, 10 grs of sunflower seeds, 2 tablespoons of natural pollen, one tablespoon of soy lecithin and half a tablet of pure dark chocolate without sugar.
Homogenize all the ingredients in a bowl (previously crushed almonds, pipes and nuts), kneading them slowly as if it were Mass; once obtained a consistent and uniform mixture, pour it into a rectangular mold. Lightly heat the half chocolate tablet until it is fluid and apply it on top of all the dough.
We put it in the refrigerator until it acquires a firm tone; at that time, they are cut in the form of elongated tacos without removing them from the mold.
And there we have a great natural "beekeeping" snack, special for children and athletes with high energy demands!.