The only alkaline honey is rapeseed honey.
Of all the common honeys, rapeseed honey is the only honey that is alkaline, so it has medicinal properties, even if the stomach is too acidic. Its high iron content also makes it recommended for anaemia. Rapeseed honey is one of the honeys with the highest glucose content and therefore crystallises within a few days. It is also known as cream honey because of its creamy (or 'fatty') consistency. Rapeseed honey is also useful for athletes and people who do mental and physical work.
Main medicinal properties of rapeseed honey:
- against acidity of the stomach
- antiseptic anti-inflammatory
Locations of rapeseed honey:
Rapeseed is grown all over Hungary, so there are many rapeseed honey pastures for bees. The most productive areas are the southern and western districts of Transdanubia. In this region, 72-60% of beekeepers are converting to oilseed rape, compared to 32% nationally.
What makes rapeseed honey creamy?
One of the honeys with the highest glucose content is rapeseed honey. However, due to its high glucose content, it quickly crystallises into a fine, grainy crystalline form and turns fatty within a few days, hence its name cream honey. It is easy to spread. Rapeseed honey (cream honey) ranges in colour from cream to pale yellow. The taste is very sweet and the smell is pleasantly mild.
Summary of the effects of rapeseed honey:
Rapeseed honey is a very valuable and effective honey because it is bottled immediately after filtration and almost all its components are absorbed intact. The most important effect of rapeseed honey is that it is also recommended for people suffering from gastric acidosis due to its very low acidity. It also has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties and is recommended for anaemia due to its high iron content.
Because of its mild taste, rapeseed honey is a popular ingredient in tea and coffee, as it preserves the flavour and aroma of the beverage. The pollen and honey from rapeseed is also almost the most nutritious for bees.
Household consumers value rapeseed honey primarily for its cheapness, but because of this low price, beekeepers do not always keep it pure, but mix it with multi-flowered honey.