Bee products from Elena Balkan

DSC 5700   One from the local products produced in the region of Elena Balkan is the honey. Ecological or even called organic honey guests can buy almost in every shop in the town of Elena.
   In the town of Elena was founded the first beekeeping association for organic Honey "Bee" in the country.The association is the successor of the traditions of those beekeepers who in 1902 began with love and care to do professional beekeeping in areas with rich honey vegetation. On the discovered documents and facsimiles are found the names of famous beekeepers - founders and one Protocol dating back from 1902. The contemporary beekeepers are proud to continue that tradition. On this occasion in 2002 was held the celebration of "100 years of beekeeping association “Bee". In 2012 were celebrated 110 years since the establishment of the association. The celebration was attended by MEP responsible for the 'Bee' sector in the European Union - Ms. Maria Nedelcheva Gabriel.

   Elena Balkan is rich in apiaries and the products vary in a very wide range - from organic honey to bee pollen.

logo2    On 27 July, 2014 was organized the first Festival of Elena honey " MEDENA SEDYANKA IN ELENA". It was attended by producers from Elena and other Balkan regions, manufacturers of products containing bee products. It was shown how the honey is centrifuged, and guests had the opportunity personally to participate in sensorialen analysis. In the playground children drew and made interesting things related to bees. The good mood was completed with bee "Maya" and the rich program of artists from Elena and the whole country. Producers had organized a seminar of "Organic Beekeeping." Municipality Elena hopes the holiday to become a tradition and in 2015 to be attended by more visitors.

HoneyProducts honey clip image001   The most used types of honey
   in Elena Balkan

   Acacia honey  – It is water clear,crystallizesvery slowly.It has a pleasant sweet taste, from its contents prevail fructose 41% and glucose - 35%.There are moderate volatile and non-volatile antimicrobials. It is used as a supportive, sedative, expectorant, cardiotonic and nevrotonic remedy.It is recommended in the treatment of liver diseases, gastrointestinal and renal diseases. It can be used for diabetic patients, but only with a doctor`s prescription.

   Linden honeyas lime in its three varieties is widespread throughout the country, this honey can be found everywhere in the country. It is clear, its color is slightly yellowish, with a very pleasant sweet taste (the honey made from forest lime may be bitter).Usuallycrystallizesin fine grains.It has a specific lime flavor that distinguishes it from other types of honey.Linden honey contains specific glucoside, which has expressed diaphoretic, diuretic and secretolytic quality. When lime blossom attracts bees in lime honey the content of pollen grains can reach 80%.

 IMG 6674  Balkan`s honeyhoney made from wild strawberry, thyme, oregano, narrowleaf willow, hawthorn, broom, clematis, primrose and others. Yellow in color with richaroma.The honey has high diastatic activity, bacteriostatic and bactericidal properties.The balkan honey has a prophylactic and curative effect in case of disorders of the respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tract, gynecological disorders.It is used in case of chronicrhinitis andsinusitis.The honey has supportive effect, enhances the immune system of the body.
   Honeydew – it is produced by foliar pests - aphids and weevils (more acorns) in the oak forests.An important condition for a good harvest is the presence of moisture and temperature, as well as the absence of rain or wind.These conditions are best met in the coastal zone of Strandja mountain and Eastern Balkan Range.Bees collect honeydew but they do not have to hibernate on it because of the danger of suffering from dew toxicosis.The honeyis dark brownwithgreenish hue going toblack. Honeydewhoneycrystallizesslowly.Its taste is less sweet and its aroma is different from those of nectar honeys - specific.Honeydew honey is useful in case of liver disease, postoperative conditions, anemia.Due to the low levels of pollen can be consumed by people who are allergic to pollen.
 Pine honeytype ofhoneydewhoney collected fromconifertrees.There must be producers of mana (dew), which requires a higher temperature and conifers, which are not found in our country (Mediterranean type) - this type of honey has a clear amber color and indefinite taste.It is not typical for Bulgaria.In some regions of the Rhodope mountain bees collect honey with a reddish tinge (probably from many wild plants, herbs and resin droplets of vegetable origin) which has specific therapeutic effect on the respiratory tract.


   All components of honey are elements of modern pharmacology. Carriers of the therapeutic effect are all the components (sugars, trace elements, vitamins, enzymes, flavonoids, aromatic contents, herbal antibiotics).
 The following importanteffectsof the honey can be noted:improvement of the immune system; antibacterial effect, antifungal effects; inflammatory; allergic; forming; expectorant; regenerative; tonic; laxative; antidotes effect.
   Ecological or the so called organic honey can be bought in almost every grocery in the town of Elena. For larger quantities we recommend that you contact producers personally.


   Любопитни факти за меда:
   За да направят половин килограм мед, пчелите псещават средно 2 милиона цвята.
   Средно пчелата прави 1/12 чаена лъжичка по време на живота си.
   Пчелите посещават средно 50 - 100 цвята на едно пътешествие за събиране на цветен прашец.
   Пчелата живее средно 45 дни.
   В една пчелна колония има средно 30 000 до 60 000 пчели.
   99% от пчелите в една колония са женски.
   Пчелите правят мед от 150 милиона години.
   При правилно съхранение медът издържа вечно.