Unifloral honeys of Galicia (north-west Spain)

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Journal of Apicultural Research
Vol. 36 (3-4) pp.133-140
Date
December 1997
 
Article Title

Unifloral honeys of Galicia (north-west Spain)

Author(s)

M C Seijo; M V Jato; M J Aira; I Iglesias

Abstract

The pollen content of 530 honeys from Galicia (north-west Spain) were analysed. Here, we report the results for the 212 honeys classified as unifloral (83 sweet chestnut honeys, 60 eucalypt honeys, 49 blackberry-type (Rubus) honeys, 12 heather honeys and eight Fabaceae honeys). Galician sweet chestnut honeys are mainly produced in the region's interior, in the provinces of Lugo and Ourense, and can be distinguished from other sweet chestnut honeys by the absence of pollen of mediterranean species (such as Lavandula stoechas, Cistus ladanifer, Olea europaea and Citrus spp.). Galician eucalypt (Eucalyptus globulus) honeys are produced in coastal areas, and can be distinguished from other eucalypt honeys by their low pollen content and the absence of pollen of Mediterranean species. Blackberry-type honeys are produced in southern and central Lugo province, and can be distinguished from other Spanish blackberrytype honeys by the absence of pollen of Hedysarum coronarium and Diplotaxis erucoides. Heather honeys are produced mainly in the mountainous areas of eastern Galicia, and can again be distinguished from other Spanish heather honeys by the absence of Mediterranean species. Fabaceae honeys (Cytisus-type and Lotus-type) are produced only in very limited areas.

Keywords

honey, pollen analysis, unifloral honey, melissopalynology, Galicia, Spain 

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