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Spoon Moment Turkish Pine Honey: How It's Made

Turkse dennenhoning van Spoon Moment: Hoe wordt het gemaakt - Spoon Moment

Turkey is an important and major global producer and consumer of honey, which is not surprising given the country's extensive history with this beloved nectar. In this blog you will learn about the different types of honey or what could literally be called "Turkish liquid gold".

Today, honey adorns almost every Turkish breakfast prepared in the country and is also used to treat many diseases. More than 100,000 tons of honey are produced in Turkey every year, much of which is consumed domestically.

Types of honey in Turkey

The taste and properties of honey can vary greatly depending on the location of the honey and the plants from which it is made. Turkey has a wide variety of honey flavors that come from different regions and are used in different quantities.

There are different types of honey used in Turkey, such as: flower honey, pine honey, citrus honey, chestnut honey, sunflower honey, acacia honey and thyme honey.

The honey in our spoons is partly filled with pine honey.

How is pine honey made?

This type of honey accounts for 92 percent of the world's pine honey production and is widely available in Turkey, mainly produced in the southern Aegean and western Mediterranean regions of the country.
Fun fact: Unlike flower honey, pine honey is produced by bees that collect honeydew from a species of scale insect - Marchalina hellenica - that lives on the sap of certain pine trees.

Lower glucose and fructose levels

Pine honey is said to contain lower levels of glucose and fructose, but still has the most enzymes, amino acids and minerals compared to other types of honey.

How can you measure this yourself? The rate of crystallization in honey depends on the concentration of glucose and fructose. Honey with an increased glucose content, such as rapeseed honey or sunflower honey, will usually crystallize more quickly. Real pine honey generally does not do this quickly.

How do you keep your honey spoons/honey good for a long time?

Store it tightly closed in a dark place and at room temperature. Are your spoons slightly caramelized? Then you can always warm them up in some warm water and the contents will be completely liquid again.

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