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Honey from Kurpie
August 1, 2013   
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Miód kurpiowski is a special kind of honey from the region of Kurpie, northeast of Warsaw. Registered as a Protected Geographic Indication in July 2010, the product owes its distinctness to factors including a traditional production method.

The tradition of beekeeping in Kurpie—an area in central-eastern Poland that straddles the provinces of Mazovia and Podlasie—goes back to the 15th century. In those days, honey made there was famous all over the country. It was shipped to the royal court as well as monasteries and aristocratic estates. Kurpie’s beekeepers enjoyed special privileges. The honey and its production method was protected by special royal certificates called regalia. The privileges were later expanded by King Sigismund III Vasa under the 1630 Decree of Tykocin.

Today Kurpie beekeepers take pains to maintain the high quality of their honey by strictly following the rules of traditional production, which ensures that the local honey contains all the necessary enzymes and compounds. The special qualities of Kurpie honey are the result of the nectar, pollen and honeydew that the bees collect in the Zielona and Biała forests of the Kurpie region. The diversity of the trees, plants and herbs gives Kurpie honey its unique spicy aroma and delicate mixed-flower, linden, acacia or honeydew flavor.

To ensure quality, Kurpie beekeepers take the utmost care not to expose their honey to temperatures exceeding 30 degrees Celsius at any stage of the production process. Nor is it permitted for the honey to be filtered, creamed, pasteurized, or even heated artificially. Thanks to all this the final product contains all the natural enzymes and ingredients that a good honey should have.

The local honey festival—Kurpiowskie Miodobranie (Kurpie Honey Harvest)—attracts tens of thousands of people from across the country.
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