One of the most popular honeys in northern Europe. It is spring honey, one of the first that bees bring to the apiary after winter. It is obtained during the period of mass flowering of rapeseed, which is at the turn of April and May.
Color and taste
It is easy to recognize by its very bright color. In liquid form, it has a straw color. Rapeseed honey crystallizes extremely quickly. This is due to the high glucose content and low humidity. After crystallization, the honey takes on a greasy consistency with a cream-white color. Its smell is reminiscent of rapeseed flowers. Heat treatment slightly reduces this smell. However, it is so characteristic that it is noticeable in meads even after 2 years. Its taste is mild, slightly bland, with a hint of bitterness.
Why is rapeseed honey good for us?
Rapeseed honey has many benefits. Its natural origin and valuable properties make it helpful in the fight against various diseases. It contains essential oils, bitter compounds, flavonoids, bioelements, choline and coumarin. It is rich in boron, which is used to build bone tissue and the proper functioning of the spleen and thyroid gland. It contains vitamins B, K, C and nicotinic acid. It has a rather low content of minerals that are quickly absorbed by the human body. It contains easy digestible iron, which a human body absorbs in 63%.
Natural medicament with no side effects
Rapeseed honey consists of glucose (51%), fructose (47%) and other sugars. The high glucose content makes it especially valuable in the treatment of heart diseases, mainly of the circulatory system and coronary vessels. The potassium and magnesium present in this honey, as well as phenolic acids and flavonoid compounds help to strengthen the strength of heart muscle contractions. They also cause the expansion of the coronary vessels of the heart, which improves oxygenation and nourishment of the heart and prevents atherosclerotic diseases. Additionally, rapeseed honey lowers blood pressure and helps to replenish potassium deficiency, which has a positive effect on the heart.
Rapeseed honey does not burden the liver, additionally stimulates and strengthens its detoxifying properties. It improves the work of the gallbladder and is also helpful in the metabolism of fats. It is used as an aid in inflammatory and infectious diseases of the kidneys, bladder and urethra. Rapeseed honey helps in the fight against heartburn, flatulence, stomach ulcers and accelerates the healing of ulcer wounds and erosions.
The essential oils contained in rapeseed honey support the treatment of the upper respiratory tract. It is useful in supporting the treatment of throat, nose and bronchial infections. The research confirmed the beneficial effect of rapeseed honey also on people suffering from angina. It soothes coughs and supports the immune system. It has low antibiotic properties, so it is most often used for colds.
Rapeseed honey accelerates the healing of external wounds, cleans them of necrosis and protects against infection. For light burns, it prevents blistering if applied quickly enough to the skin. Rapeseed honey can also be used in the cosmetic as a facial mask to keep the skin smooth and beautiful.
Low energy level? Rapeseed honey helps!
Due to the high content of glucose, fructose and other simple sugars, rapeseed honey is recommended when the body is exhausted. It is a great conditioner that regenerates, therefore it is recommended for long-term physical and mental work. In addition, this honey improves thinking and concentration. It can alleviate the harmful effects of stimulants such as alcohol and cigarettes. It is best to consume it after dissolving it in a glass of milk or warm water.