HOW IS SUNFLOWER HONEY MADE?
All types of honey without exceptions are made by bees. With their unique ability to extract nectar
from flowers and mix it in with their own secretions, they are superior to the human aptitude to
create artificial solutions.
However, beekeepers can influence the choices of flowers which then results in the flavour of the
honey. This is done by purposefully locating the hives near the flower of choice so the bees can easily access them.
One type of honey created by influencing the hives is sunflower honey.
Sunflower honey is an extremely delicious nectar naturally made of sunflowers. To make it the hives have to be placed
nearby or in a field of sunflowers. The bees would aim for the nearest flower without having to look
for another and will collect nectar from it.
Once the source of the flower is over the beehives have to be moved to a different field of sunflowers
so the production process can continue. If not moved, the bees will start collecting nectar from
different species of flowers.
WHEN IS SUNFLOWER HONEY READY?
Honey bees are most actively collecting nectar during the sunny days in July when sunflowers are at
their peak. This leads to high production of sunflower honey. Sunflowers bloom during the summer
and the beginning of the autumn. There are two types of sunflower crops. One is annual and the
other one is perennial. The annual crops have to be replanted every year to maintain the growth of the flowers and the perennial comes back every year.
They are not hard to tell apart as the annual crops
start showing up in late spring, unlike perennial ones which show up early in the spring. Another
difference between both is that annual sunflowers tend to grow from single stems and are apart
from each other. Perennial sunflowers grow in clumps and have many stems coming from the ground in
Curios: There are 52 species of sunflowers.
Interesting fact: The tallest measured sunflower is 9.17 m tall and was grown by Hans-Peter Schiffer
in Germany in 2014.
IS SUNFLOWER HONEY BENEFICIAL?
With its antioxidant, antibacterial and energizing properties, sunflower honey is considered one of
nature’s true superfoods can help you keep a robust body.
And even though this particular type of honey crystallises quicker than others it still has a number of
health benefits. The fast crystallisation can actually be beneficial considering the fact that keeping
crystalised honey under your tongue helps you take more of the nutrients contained in the nectar
through the sublingual glands.
Sunflower honey helps digestive health and it’s a fantastic natural remedy for many health issues
including sore throat, gastritis and even acne. Another benefit of this honey type is that it
strengthens the blood vessels and normalizes blood circulation because of the potassium and
magnesium that contains.
Sunflower honey contains iron and it’s great for people with anaemia. The regular intake of
sunflower honey increases the haemoglobin in the blood which improves blood quality.
Used in different recipes sunflower honey can have beneficial effects on your skin and hair. It can
also, restore natural complexion and maintain youth.
Consumed every day, sunflower honey improves the mood, helps the cardiovascular system,
reduces the risk of stroke and heart attack and strengthens the muscle tissue.
IMPORTANT: Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers should consult a doctor before the
consumption of any type of honey as honey is an allergen.
Interesting fact: China and Japan have made it mandatory for students in all schools to consume
honey every day and particularly sunflower honey.
HOW DOES SUNFLOWER HONEY LOOK AND SMELL?
Sunflower honey can be easily recognised as it’s yellower and brighter than some other types of
honey. It has a white coating on top, better known as glucose crust.
Sunflower honey can more often be seen with a firm crystalized texture instead of a gooey one like
other types of honey. Because of its high glucose content, it takes up to two months to crystallise
and it gets very hard once crystalized.
This honey doesn’t taste like others. It has a rather sweet, floral and fruity taste and weak honey
smell. These features make sunflower honey perfect for pairing with drinks and even for cooking
purposes. Because of its neutral smell and floral taste, it makes the perfect sweetener for tea and
coffee. Sunflower honey is the perfect substitute for sugar in dessert recipes.
This type of honey has slightly higher proline and acidity values.
CURIOUS: HOW IS HONEY MEASURED AS ACIDIC?
The pH scale is measured from 0 to 14. Everything containing a pH under 7 is considered acidic. Liquids
with pH 7 are classified as neutral – for example, pure water. And a pH above 7 is considered alkaline.
Scientists have measured that the pH in different types of honey varies between 3.3 and 6.5,
therefore honey is acidic.
Despite being acidic honey is perfectly healthy for consumption unless you are advised to exclude it
from your diet by a specialist.
Interesting fact: Many of the healthiest foods are acidic. That includes bananas, eggplant,
cauliflower, pumpkin, nectarines, potatoes, eggs and fish.
HOW TO EAT SUNFLOWER HONEY?
This honey can be consumed on a slice of bread, in crepes, with yoghurt or in your tea.
Sunflower honey is a great substitute for white sugar and can be used for cooking in any recipe.
Our recipe of choice:
Sunflower Honey Bread:
1 ¼ cups warm water
2 Tbsp sunflower honey
2 tsp instant or active dry yeast
2 tsp sunflower oil
½ cup raw sunflower seeds
1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
½ Tbsp salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 large egg
1. Add the yeast and honey into warm water and let it rest for five minutes.
2. Chop the sunflower seeds and add them to a large mixing bowl with one cup of whole wheat
flour and salt. Mix.
3. Add the oil to the yeast which should be foamy and frothy in the water. Pour the liquid into the
mixing bowl with the other ingredients and stir well.
4. Add the second half of the whole wheat flour and mix again. Then add half a cup of the all-
purpose flour and mix again. The result should be a loose ball of dough.
5. Place the dough onto a floured work surface and knead for five minutes. Whilst kneading keep
adding some of the all-purpose flour so the dough becomes soft and non-sticky.
6. Place the dough back into the mixing bowl, cover with cling film or a damp towel and let it rest
for 1 hour.
7. Once the hour is up the dough should be almost double its initial size. Then divide it in half and
form two balls. Place them on a baking tray and cover them again. Leave for 1 hour until doubled their size
8. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Separate the egg white and yolk. Add a tablespoon to the yolk,
whisk, and brush it over the formed dough balls.
9. Carefully slice an “X” on top of each loaf with a sharp knife.
10. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown in the preheated oven and take the temperature
down a little bit.
11. Leave to cool down before slicing.
ENJOY this delicious and healthy goodness!
Curious: PICTURESQUE SUNFLOWER FIELDS NEARBY LONDON
Hitchin Lavender Farm, Hertfordshire – This gorgeous farm is located one hour and fifteen minutes
from London via train and bus from St Pancras International.
Garsons Farm, Surrey – Head to Waterloo train station and catch a train that will take you to this
beautiful flowery farm for approximately an hour.
Meopham PYO, Kent – Open every Saturday and Sunday this lovely fruit farm is an hour and twenty
minutes by train and bus from St Pancras International.
Raw Honey vs Cheap Honey
1% Minerals, Vitamins, Enzymes
6% Trisaccharide & Other Carbohydrates
Up to 35% Blend of EU & Non EU Honeys
Potentially containing pesticides & antibiotics
Up to 50% Water
Up to 35% High Fructose Corn Syrup
*Percentage may vary
Your Questions Answered
No. Honey Bee & co Honey is Raw Honey. Exactly how bees have made it.
No. Our Acacia Honey is produced in pure and uncontaminated natural areas and our bees are not treated with antibiotics.
Our Acacia Honey contains an Optimal water percentage between 15% and 19%. Cheap supermarket honey can have up to 50% water. This is due to either beekeeper feeding bees water with artificial sugar or they collect the honey to quickly to increase profit margins.
Nectar is a liquid secretion of flowers that bees gather. They then take out much of its water content and after adding several enzymes they produce the golden substance we call honey.
Consuming honey rather than sugar has obvious advantages. The supply to the body of energy in the form of glucose and fructose, simple sugars that do not require any digestive process. Honey also contains Vitamins and other useful enzymes.
Raw Honey is a product with many calories; approximately 320 kcal for 100g. Moderation is the key if one has a particular diet. The positive fact about honey is its sweetness. One teaspoon of honey weighs about 7g and its more than enough to sweeten your favourite cup of tea.
Raw Honey is safe and it provides many health benefits, nevertheless, it should not be cooked raw over 40 degrees. When cooked, honey becomes similar to glue and thus produces toxins. Honey's raw form is the one detaining all its main benefits and properties. By altering its chemical composition by heating or overheating the honey It may completely change its compounds leading to health hazards. Honey also contains bacteria that can harm a young baby’s intestine. To this end avoid giving honey to babies under 12 months old.
Our bees are from the Apis Mellifera from the Apidae family.
Our honey is produced on the European Continent. Our long-term goal is to partner with small beekeepers from all over the UK and Europe providing our customers with quality honey while helping increase the European bee population.
Acacia Honey Stimulates digestion cleans the liver, regulates intestinal transit. Improves heart activity and circulatory system. Helps to restore the body after effort. Stimulates the immune system. The number of red blood cells increases.
Honey is a healthier alternative to sugar, especially for diabetics. It has antioxidants that help reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and some types of cancer. It lowers blood pressure and improves cholesterol values. Honey is great for healing wounds and burns.
Honey is a great solution for coughs both for children and adults.