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Rapeseed honey stands out from other honeys. It can be white, creamed, has a mild flavor, and rapeseed honey is the sweetest of all honeys. Its price is relatively low. Does that not encourage you? Find out why it is still worth eating rapeseed honey.

Rapeseed honeyis characterized by a light color, sometimes even white. It crystallizes most quickly and contains up to 80% of sugars. Rapeseed honey is easily digestible. It is recommended for people with hypertension and digestive system problems. Thanks to its regenerative properties, it perfectly affects convalescents and people burdened with psycho-physical effort.

Rapeseed honey - how to use

Regardless of the purpose for which we use honey, it is worth consuming it regularly. One tea with honey every few weeks will certainly not give you any result. You should eat honey several times a week, some recommend it daily.

Rapeseed honey can also be used externally. It has regenerative properties for burned skin and facilitates wound healing.

Rapeseed honey - nutritional values, calories

in 100 gin 5 g (1 teaspoon)
Energy value340 kcal17 kcal
Protein0.3 g0.01 g
Carbohydrates80 g4 g
glucose47 g2.04 g
fructose37.61.88 g
Fat0 g0 g

The glycemic index of rapeseed honey is high - it is 64.

Rapeseed honey - price

Rapeseed honey is very popular in Poland. This popularity has a positive effect on its price. The price is not high - a liter jar of honey costs from 25 to 30 PLN. Why? Poland is a leader in the production of honey, in particular rapeseed honey.

The reason is the numerous rape crops (over 800 hectares of crops). One hectare of rapeseed can produce 80-300 kg of honey (most often 150-200 kg) and 100-150 kg of pollen. Honey yield in rapeseed is one word - impressive. Bees eagerly use it.

When is the best time to stock up on rapeseed honey? Best in May-June,when this type of honey is honey-picked. So, rapeseed honey is one of the first spring honeys.

Rapeseed is a honey plant

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Rapeseed honey is obtained from the nectar of rapeseed. Rapeseed is an oil plant (rapeseed oil) and a honey plant. Sown in the fall (winter), it blooms at the beginning of May with beautiful yellow flowers, giving off an intense, characteristic smell. Rapeseed sown in spring (spring) blooms in June and July. Bees can therefore collect rape nectar twice.

Rapeseed honey - why is it white?

When rapeseed honey is liquid, it has a light straw color, sometimes with a greenish tinge. When it crystallizes, it is usually creamy or completely white (often compared to the color of lard). Many people worry that there is something wrong with such white honey - in fact, it is very valuable.

It crystallizes very quickly, sometimes even in honeycombs, like many other light honeys. This is due to the high ratio of glucose to fructose and the low water content at the same time. Usually, within a few or a dozen days after the harvest, it begins to acquire a uniform, fine-grained consistency. Crystallized honey can be greasy, but is often hard.

Worth knowing

Creamed rapeseed honey is very popular. The technique of its preparation consists in long-term, mechanical mixing of freshly obtained patoka (i.e. a liquid product) until crystallization. This means that it takes on a creamy consistency and a characteristic whitish color for many months.

During the creaming process, nothing should be added to the honey, thanks to which the nutritional value of rapeseed honey is the same as that of the product in its natural state. However, it gains additional advantages: first of all, it does not stratify, which minimizes the risk of fermentation. It is also easier to spread on bread.

Creamed rapeseed honey should be stored in a dark and dry place. The best temperature for him is 20-22 ° C.

Rapeseed honey - flavor

The taste of rapeseed honey is mild with an easily palpable hint of rapeseed flowers. The taste of rapeseed honey is very sweet, some people even describe it as bland. According to others, rapeseed honey is one of the most delicate honeys.

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Rapeseed honey - ingredients

It is worth paying attention to the content of flavonoids, tannins, essential oils and bioelements. Rapeseed honey is not as rich in minerals as e.g. honeydew honey, but the substances contained in it are easily absorbed.

In addition, rapeseed honey contains:

  • Boron - an element rarely found in nature, and necessary to maintain the balance in the body. Primarily used to build bone tissue. It also affects the proper functioning of the thyroid gland and the spleen responsible for the collection of blood.
  • B vitamins
  • Vitamins from the K group
  • Vitamin C
  • Iron. The total absorption of iron from food is only 25%, while from rapeseed honey it is as much as 63%.
  • Phenolic acids
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium

Of all honeys, rapeseed honey has the highest content of glucose (51%), fructose (47%) and amino acids.

Rapeseed honey - he alth properties

Of all honeys, rapeseed honey has the highest content of glucose and amino acids. This means that it is an excellent conditioner, especially for an organism exhausted by a long-term illness. Rapeseed honey improves concentration, accelerates and supports regeneration after physical and mental exertion.

Glucose is easily absorbed by the body, does not burden the liver, stimulates and enhances its detoxification effect, thanks to which it is easier to get rid of harmful metabolic products.

Rapeseed honey also contains potassium and magnesium, so it is worth using it in the prevention of heart and circulatory system diseases. Regular consumption of this type of honey strengthens the heart, stabilizes blood pressure, and can slow down progressive atherosclerotic changes to a large extent.

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Contrary to other honeys, especially goldenrod, buckwheat, linden and honeydew, rapeseed honey is characterized by a relatively low antibiotic activity.

Rapeseed honey can also be used externally in case of burns or skin diseases, because it accelerates the healing of wounds, cleans them and prevents infections.

Some types of honey exhibit antibacterial properties, but this effect was not noticed in the case of rapeseed honey. Only the presence of hydrogen peroxide, which is produced by the reaction of two enzymes in honey - oxidase and catalase - can have an effect.bactericidal.

Regular use of rapeseed honey is recommended for people in the period of andro- and menopause.

The healing properties of rapeseed honey are also influenced by the presence of B vitamins, vitamin C and carotenoid compounds, so it has a beneficial effect on the skin.

This honey, due to the content of easily digestible minerals by the body, incl. magnesium, potassium, iron and boron, it can be a valuable supplement to the diet of people struggling with diseases of the liver, pancreas, gastrointestinal tract, stomach ulcer or duodenal ulcer. It helps to reduce heartburn, gas and nausea. Rape honey also has a beneficial effect on the kidneys.

It is also a valuable remedy for weakness and exhaustion. Due to its easy digestibility, it is recommended for people who care about their weight. Although 100 g of rapeseed honey provides over 300 calories, they are burned fairly quickly by the body. However, people with diabetes should be careful with this honey, as it has a high glycemic index.

About the authorKatarzyna TerentiewManaging editor of A graduate of Polish Studies at the University of Warsaw. As an editor, she co-created many entertainment TV programs, in the literary monthly "Bluszcz" and the biweekly "Viva!" she was the editorial secretary. Mother of two full of energy children. He has been spending his holidays sailing for many years.

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