How to make organic Acacia honey
Acacia honey is obtained from Acacia (Robinia pseudoacacia L.) and can also be found as Robinia honey and is obtained from its flowers when they are pollinated by bees; this honey has a vaguely floral scent and a sweet taste.
Acacia honey is unifloreale, therefore it can be obtained only when the hives are placed in an area where many of the plants of this species grow. The name of acacia honey can only be obtained when it is certain that the beehives are located in a range of a few kilometers with prevalent presence of the Robinia pseudoacacia.
This honey is produced all over Italy but its prevailing production area is that of the Prealpine arc. Since the flowering of this plant is only in May, in some years with rainy May, its production can be thwarted by rains. This also explains the fluctuations in the price of this honey in some years.
Acacia honey is always very light in color and this also guarantees its purity. In some cases its color can vary from straw yellow to amber and has the main characteristic of practically never crystallizing. This is why it is always found with a liquid and syrupy consistency.
Another characteristic of acacia honey is that, in addition to having a flowery and delicate fragrance and a rather sweet but delicate taste, it does not contain gluten and is therefore ideal for coeliacs.
Among the salient features we remember that acacia honey is very digestible and is therefore suitable for those suffering from diabetes; in addition it is also very caloric (every 100 gr bring 300 Kcal). It contains mainly dextrose (35%) and fructose (40%) and a small percentage of sucrose. Among the minerals we remember above all potassium, fluorine, calcium, sodium and phosphorus; while among the vitamins: B2, B3, B5 and B6, C and J, in addition to folates. Among the amino acids present we find in particular aspartic acid and glutamic acid, in addition to glycine, lysine, isoleucine, proline, cystine, leucine, alanine, arginine, tryptophan and tyrosine.
Let’s see how to produce organic Acacia honey. The organic acacia honey, due to the characteristics of the Acacia habitat, can be produced mainly in parks and nature reserves, in the Alpine valleys and far from intensive cultivation and industrial areas. That’s why when you read the label you also check its provenance.