Honey Around the World: First Stop Hungary

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How much fun would it be to travel the world tasting honey, learning about its history talking about using that honey in various foods? Today Savannah Bee takes you to Hungary, where honey-making goes back to medieval times. It is believed that the first beekeepers in Hungary were monks. Today, Hungary has approximately 15,000 beekeepers and produces over 435 million pounds of honey each year.

Hungary is noted for its acacia honey, which has a mild, unique flavor not found anywhere else in the world. While acacia trees are found in isolated areas throughout Europe, large expansive forests full of acacia trees are only found in Hungary. In fact, more than one-fifth of all forests in Hungary are covered with solely Acacia trees because Hungary's climate is perfectly suited for these trees. This makes it possible to produce the purest acacia honey in the world.

For four to five weeks in spring, the visual impression of Acacia tree forests in bloom is of the countryside covered in snow. Nothing else is blooming simultaneously with the acacia trees within these forests, making Hungarian acacia honey distinctive in its purity. The hives are placed deep into the extensive forests, a long distance from the chemicals and fertilizers used in farming and orchard areas.

About Acacia Honey

Acacia honey is one of the most popular honey varieties because of its mild, sweet flavor. The mildness makes it appealing to those new to learning about honey and an excellent choice for mixing into beverages of all kinds because it sweetens without changing the flavor.

One of the favorite ways of packaging this honey is into honey straws – convenient for travel, for the gym, and for relaxing with a hot cup of tea or coffee. Honey straws are also great for portion control for those watching their weight but still enjoy adding some natural sweetness to their diet.

The color of acacia honey reflects the brilliant white of the acacia tree flowers and the purity of the honey. The lighter the color, the higher the acacia tree's pollen content in the honey. The honey's pale color allows for the beauty (and tastiness) of honeycomb to shine through in the honey jar. Just think of it: a single cell of honeycomb is filled with the condensed nectar of a forest filled with flowers.

Honeycomb is honey untouched by human hands, and all of it is edible. Bite into a honeycomb and your mouth fills with the delicious sweet taste alongside the texture of the comb. While regular liquid honey is excellent, honeycomb can be used in ways that honey cannot. If you want to enjoy something exotic with the familiarity of honey, enjoy honeycomb on toast, as a topping on yogurt or ice cream, or even on top of a salad.