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Honey from the Sejny Region
August 29, 2014   
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Honey from Poland’s Sejny region, in the eastern Podlasie province, and Lithuania’s Lazdijai region is the first product from two different countries to have been covered by the European Commission’s Protected Designation of Origin program.

The honey is called miód z Sejneńszczyzny in Poland and Lazdiju krasto medus in Lithuania.

The application to the European Commission to register the honey was submitted in 2008 by the Beekeeping Club in Sejny and the Regional Association of Beekeepers in Lazdijai. Registration took place in late January 2012. Adam Baranowski, president of the Beekeeping Club in Sejny, says it was not easy to obtain the certificate because it needed to be proved that honey made in both Sejny and Lazdijai was of the same origin. The area where the honey is produced lies in the Niemen river basin on the Polish-Lithuanian border.

Only honey made from polyfloral nectar may be sold under the name miód z Sejneńszczyzny/ŁoĽdziejszczyzny/ Seinu/Lazdiju krasto medus. This is a unique product that is closely linked to the area it comes from. The region abounds in meadows, peatbogs and forests. The honey is obtained from several dozen melliferous plant species typical for the area, such as various varieties of willow and maple, common dandelion, and white and red clover, in addition to papilionaceous plants. This is reflected in the honey’s unusual, strong aroma and its slightly bitter aftertaste. The honey has a unique color that ranges from dark yellow to dark golden, with a slight cloudiness.

The honey’s quality owes a great deal to the special skills of local beekeepers who have had to adapt to the difficult climatic conditions in the area in terms of where to locate their apiaries, how to breed bees and run traditional bee farms. Among other requirements, this means using wooden beehives and complying with stringent rules as regards supplemental feeding of bees.
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