Nectar from honey moths bees collect for a long time – almost 2 months, and even when its flowers have not yet been revealed.
With their proboscis, the bee is moved apart by a cup of a flower or is drunk with nectar from leaves, on which it drains. Medosbor raises after a rain or waterings of a plant. From a hectare of irrigated landings bees can collect 250 mead.
The uniqueness of cotton honey is that it contains essential cottonseed oil, which gives it a special dietary value: it enriches the taste and medicinal properties of honey. Cotton honey contains a lot of plant pollen, which is very useful as a source of vitamins.
Composition and qualitative assessment of honey from cotton
Fresh, freshly picked honey – transparent and light. It has a weak floral aroma of peach flowers and a pleasant moderate sweet, not cloying honey taste. Subsequently, it is a bit tart.
Crystallized cotton honey relatively quickly: for 4 weeks or slightly more – up to 2 months. Its mass becomes completely white, fine-grained, the taste of the juice of the plant disappears. The ripe honey has a soft dense consistency, similar to a souffle, or whipped oil, which does not melt and does not flow on a plate at room temperature. It remains homogeneous. Honey can be cut into pieces, like a pastille or lucum.
The composition of honey is dominated by valuable carbohydrates: glucose – 36.2% and fruit natural sugar – levulose – 39, 4 percent. Therefore, cotton honey is completely easily absorbed by the cells both during food and through the skin.
In addition, its composition contains a large number of useful substances for man: enzymes, organic and inorganic acids, mineral macro-elements and trace elements, vitamins A, B, C, E, biogenic stimulants, antioxidants, essential oils and other elements.
Therapeutic abilities of cotton honey
Cotton honey is a storehouse of pure energy. It is taken to improve immunity in severe diseases. It has antiseptic and anti-viral abilities. Honey is a wonderful cough-remedy, quickly removes phlegm. They treat chronic tonsillitis and tonsillitis. This is an excellent cosmetic rejuvenating agent, since it promotes the formation of collagen.
Honey relieves dryness of the skin and gives it silky. They are treated for skin diseases and damaged hair. Omega – three fatty acids of honey have an effective healing effect on the tone of blood vessels and heart muscle. Honey regulates carbohydrate and body metabolism, splits excess fats, including internal organs: liver and kidneys. It favorably affects the recovery of cells of the nervous system. External application of cotton honey in the treatment of female erosion, diseases of the ovaries, urinary organs brings very good results.
Cotton honey causes hay allergy – an allergic reaction, in which there are chafing in the throat, runny nose, swelling. Allergy can manifest itself in the form of skin rashes, dermatoses. Overeating of cotton honey provokes upset stomach, flatulence and other unpleasant intestinal manifestations. Dosed application of cotton honey is recommended.
How to distinguish a fake
Cotton honey is rarely falsified, as the plantations of melliferous cotton are huge, and the collection of nectar from them is always long and voluminous in quantity, so there is a lot of honey.
Forging cotton honey is useless, since its consistency and taste can not be recreated artificially. However, if desired, its naturalness is easy to check with a chemical pencil. On the surface of sugar – the starch mass given out for honey, the points from the chemical pencil will spread out and become purple with a blue tint. On natural honey, the points remain unchanged.