Acacia honey is a nectar that comes from a particular plant from which it takes its name: Robinia pseudoacacia. Its flowering, expected in the periods of May-June, is characterized by flowers with whitish shades, which emit a pleasant and delicate perfume that almost recalls the fruitiness.
Robinia was imported into Italy in 1662 and was initially included in the botanical garden of Padua, subsequently from there its growth expanded throughout the territory of northern Italy. In fact, it is a plant that tolerates clayey soils poorly, enriches and improves the soil with nitrogen, as it is a pioneer species with the ability to settle first on soils that have recently formed.
In addition to being an excellent source of quality timber, it is also a fast growing plant. In some respects this can present itself as an advantage, on the other side it can be seen as a dangerous fact that can lead to the cracking of the balance of other native plants.
Its limited diffusion is affected by the production of our beloved acacia honey which is in great demand in Italy.
In fact, this special nectar has important properties for our body:
- It is an antibacterial, which makes it perfect for sore throats and coughs (a feature it shares with all other honeys);
- It does not crystallize easily, since the presence of fructose in it overrides that of glucose. Although this does not affect the quality of the honey, it can still be an added value if one takes into account the practicality and better malleability it has if it keeps its liquid state longer;
- Great energy source because it has a high content of mineral salts, vitamins and proteins, which is why it can also be used in a sports diet;
- Important detoxifier for the liver. The latter is an organ that, if overburdened by waste or if inflamed, can lead to some disturbances, depending on the person, which should not be underestimated. However, honey can help in this and act as a laxative.
What are you waiting for? Go now and enjoy the acacia honey yourself, perhaps produced by bees from a hive you have adopted!