From the inflorescences of Phacelia, a high-quality honey is obtained, with a light color, a sweet taste and a delicate, very particular aroma. It is a honey rich in lactones, mineral salts, proteins, amino acids, vitamins, colloids and aromatic substances. It is a very digestible honey and its nutritional principles are quickly assimilated by the body. A series of beneficial properties are attributed to this honey, including sedative, antiseptic, anti-anemic and diuretic action. Its production interests an ever increasing number of beekeepers, as it can exceed 10 quintals per year.
DESCRIPTION OF THE SPECIES
Flowers with blue-violet corolla.
Stem erect, branched and bristly.
Flowering: June – September
ENVIRONMENT AND DIFFUSION AREA
Cultivated as a nectar or green manure plant and grown wild. To cultivate and multiply the Phacelia you can proceed by sowing. The seeds of this plant must be planted in pots or in the ground about 2-3 cm deep. Species of North American origin, particularly in northern Mexico and California. It has only recently been introduced to Europe and is produced in greater quantities in Eastern Europe, especially in Hungary; it is more rarely found in Western Europe. Its diffusion increased in the nineties in relation to the application of the agro-environmental Community measures.
Its abundant and prolonged flowering is very popular for bees and many other pollinating insects who are greedy for its nectar. Blooming at times of the year when other plants have already withered, it is a real lifesaver for bees in particular. Finally, its nitrogenous substances constitute a precious biological source of nourishment for the soil and for the production of high-quality honey.
THE IMPORTANCE OF UNIFLOWER HONEY
Occasional In honeys from Hungary, Phacelia pollen is present constantly, sometimes at the dominant pollen level.
Very light colour, delicate smell and aroma, not particularly characteristic.
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