Our desire to support clean and responsible production of honey under the name harmonica helped us meet in the last few years some extraordinary beekeepers who share our views completely. Our beekeepers and their little flying workers live in clean mountainous or semi-mountainous regions, such as the southern and northern slopes of Stara Planina. Here bees can fly undisturbed and collect the purest and fragrant nectar. As a result our honey is clean, pure and delicious.
We produce three types of certified organic honey – acacia, wildflower and honeydew. Since the production of each one of them has a number of distinctive features – from collecting the nectar to collecting the honey itself, we want to share these important and interesting details with you. You will be surprised how many factors can determine the production of a single jar of excellent honey.
Acacia honey is among the earliest (it is collected in early spring) and is very hard to collect. During this time of the year bee colonies are weakened by the winter. At the same time the gathering of acacia nectar can happen for only a short period – no more than a few weeks. The weather is also not very favorable to our little friends – it is cold, often windy with a lot of rainfalls. This makes matters even more difficult for the bees.
Acacia honey is quite pale and transparent. It goes sugary very slow (for about 1-2 years, even more if it’s pure). It has the lowest glycemic index among the different types of honey – about 30 – 33.
Wildflower honey is collected from different trees, grasses, herbs and other flowering plants from spring to late summer. It combines the usefulness of many plants. Because of the wide variety of pollens, wildflower honey has a very intensive fragrance and taste.
There are large variations in flavor, color and fragrance depending on the different species of plants from which it is gathered. It goes sugary fast.
Honeydew honey is gathered from honeydew (however striking it may sound to some, it is a sweet juice, secreted by certain species of trees when attacked by insects, usually aphids, and the excrements of the same insects, as they feed on plant sap). It has a very low content of pollen (unlike honey gathered from flowers in which pollen is abundant).
It is suitable for people with pollen sensitivity that would otherwise hardly be able to eat honey without developing allergic reaction. Honeydew honey is rich in various minerals and goes sugary relatively slow.
We tell you all this because we want to bring to the attention of as many people as possible the great quantities of skill, responsibility and dedication required in beekeeping. We believe that high regard is due to both the beekeepers and the bees themselves. To the beekeepers for their personal commitment to taking care of the small creatures in a proper and responsible manner. To the bees because, despite all our human meddling, have not abandoned their mission and continue to provide us with a diverse and delicious life.
In order to fully realize how dedicated and hardworking the bees are it is enough to say that each worker bee is making barely a tenth of a teaspoon of honey for the duration of its whole life. Impressive, isn’t it?