* L'Abeille de Provence
Tel : 04 94 98 86 86

* Les Ruchers de Camargue
13200 ARLES
Tel : 04 90 93 58 70

* Miellerie des Butineuses
84450 Saint Saturnin lès Avignon
Tel : 04 90 22 47 52

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Honey in Provence

Honey lavender and honey all flowers

Abeille et miel de ProvenceIn the past, men gathering honey in tree trunks or in small cavities naturally inhabited by bees. They then arranged these trunks and other constructions rudimentary. In the past century, in our country, bees were still high in hives straw. At that time, honey was consumed with wax or extracted by pressing.
It is the beekeeper François Huber of Geneva which put developing the first model hive to mobile executives. The embossed leaf was discovered in 1858 by Mehring and centrifugal extractor invented in 1865 by Hruschka. These discoveries facilitated the work of beekeeping.

Beekeeping offers different types of honey origin, taste and appearance very varied. The honey is said monofloral when its origin stems largely from a single variety of flowers (lavender honey, rosemary honey ...). The beekeeper has placed its rises just when the honey of the flower sought and has withdrawn soon after to make the harvest. The other honeys are known all flowers and can be nominated by their geographic origins.

Sometimes honey crystallizes in its pot. Contrary to popular belief, it is a sign of high quality! If a honey is heated to over 40 degrees during centrifugation or setting pots, it crystallizes slowly, coarse crystals. Just heat a crystallized honey in a bain-marie (40 ° C max.) For the liquid.

A extraction, honey is clear and thick. With storage, it freezes because it contains glucose which candit. Plus it contains glucose, it freezes more quickly (clover honey, for example). If the fructose is more abundant (acacia honey among others), honey remains fluid one to two years. There is a honey containing very little water forming a "flower" to the surface. It is a natural phenomenon that is not detrimental to quality.

Miel de ProvenceThe rosemary honey also known as "Honey Narbonne" was regarded by the Romans as the best honey in the world. From white and very rare in France, it is mainly produced in the Corbières. The lavender honey is the most typical of Provence. It is very fragrant, cream-coloured, and presents a very fine grit.

The honey of scrubland and mountains are all flowers, their taste and appearance depend on their land. For example, the Var is a paradise for bees! A paradise smells of lavender, thyme, rosemary ... It should be noted that one finds in the Var two of the three honey french recognized by a Label Touge. This is the lavender honey and honey all flowers of Provence.

You sometimes come across on the roads of Provence, at night, beekeepers who move their hives in search of the best flowers, the most beautiful fields. The honey from Provence are varied and fragrant. Visit a beekeeper is already a trip to Provence.

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