We use cookies to make sure our website better meets your expectations.
You can adjust your web browser's settings to stop accepting cookies. For further information, read our cookie policy.
SEARCH
IN Warsaw
Exchange Rates
Warsaw Stock Exchange - Indices
The Warsaw Voice » Special Sections » July 29, 2011
Regional and Traditional Products
You have to be logged in to use the ReadSpeaker utility and listen to a text. It's free-of-charge. Just log in to the site or register if you are not registered user yet.
Drahimski Honey Protected in EU
July 29, 2011   
Article's tools:
Print

Miód drahimski, a variety of honey from Poland’s West Pomerania province, has been given Protected Geographical Status across the European Union.

In June, the European Commission registered drahimski honey as Protected Geographical Indication. The registered Miód drahimski brand encompasses five different varieties: heather, buckwheat, rapeseed, linden, and multiflower honey. All have to be produced at apiaries in four districts of the Drawskie Lake District, Czaplinek, Wierzchowo, Barwice, and Borne Sulinowo along with the Borne Sulinowo forest division.

The high-quality drahimski honey stands out with its high main-pollen content and an admixture of pollen from relic and endemic plant species. One of the main features of the multiflower variety is a rich diversity of different kinds of pollen where none of them exceeds 35 percent in terms of content. This explains why the honey has an exceptionally rich flavor.

The word drahimski is derived from Drahim, the historical name of Stare Drawsko, a local village. The region’s old beekeeping tradition is evidenced by historical records, copies of old documents and other sources. Surviving documents indicate that back in 1565, there were 11 beekeepers in the Drahim district. The area is now part of the Drawsko Scenic Park, which abounds in all kinds of plants, with countless sites rich in pollen, nectar and honey dew. These include vast moor lands, beautiful alleys lined with old linden trees, black locust groves and fields of spring rapeseed and buckwheat which cover the land in yellow and red.

Drahimski honey is made by almost 200 beekeepers who cultivate the tradition of this dying profession. This tradition, coupled with the clean environment and the exceptionally good conditions in which the bee families are kept, make the drahimski honey a product of the finest quality.

The honey owes its special qualities to the local climate and soil, which favor the region’s characteristic plants, including linden trees, buckwheat, rapeseed, heather and a wide variety of woodland and meadow plant species. All of those are highly productive honey plants.

The color of liquid drahimski linden honey ranges from greenish yellow to bright amber. After crystallization, the color changes to anywhere between whitish and golden yellow. The taste is strong and often a little bitter.

Buckwheat honey is dark brown, almost black, but brightens when crystallized. It has the intensive and pleasant scent of buckwheat flowers and a distinctive, sweet and slightly hot flavor.

The color of multiflower honey depends on the time when it was collected and ranges from bright cream to pale yellow. When the honey crystallizes, the color changes slightly to bright gray or bright brown. This type of honey has a strong scent which is slightly reminiscent of beeswax. The flavor varies depending on the composition of the nectar it was made from, but it is usually mild and sweet. Sometimes the nectar of one plant, such as linden, buckwheat or acacia, prevails.

Liquid rapeseed honey is almost colorless or straw-colored with a hint of green, depending on the plant species the nectar was collected from. Crystallized, it becomes white or cream-colored. Heather honey occurs in bright and dark hues of pale yellow and amber all the way to reddish amber when liquid and yellowish orange to brown after crystallization. Its strong scent resembles that of heather, while the taste is lightly sweet, strong and a little bitter.
Latest articles in Special Sections
Latest news in Special Sections
Mercure - The 6 Friends Theory - Casting call
© The Warsaw Voice 2010-2018
E-mail Marketing Powered by SARE