Chestnut honey is a rather rare product in comparison with its flower-field varieties. It is not often sold on the market, but this does not mean that it is bad or not tasty. In fact, chestnut honey is considered one of the most useful, it has a lot of qualities, just not every beekeeper manages to get it, hence the rarity of the product.
Features of chestnut honey
Before turning to the useful properties of the product and its contraindications, it is worth considering the characteristics.
- The color of chestnut honey is usually dark brown.
- The aroma of chestnut, honey strongly resembles the period of mass flowering chestnuts.
- The taste is sharp, there is bitterness, but it only emphasizes the taste, but does not spoil it.
- Pure chestnut honey without impurities is not sugared for a year. But if there are any additives in it, admixtures of flower pollen from other trees or wildflowers, then it can be sugar-coated in 3-6 months.
- The consistency of liquid, not very viscous.
Chestnut honey is used primarily in folk and traditional medicine and cooking. Sometimes it is used in cosmetology, folk recipes of masks and scrubs, but because of the cost of the product, it is often simply replaced with more affordable counterparts.
Photos of chestnut honey
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Chestnut honey has a high nutritional value. It has a little more vitamins and minerals in comparison with other types of this product. In its composition:
- abundance of easily digestible protein, carbohydrates, fructose, glucose and sucrose;
- vitamins A, K, C, B1, B2, B6, B9, H;
- elements such as manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, copper, magnesium, fluorine, barium and others;
- enzymes: phosphatase, catalase, diastasis.
In 100 grams of the product is approximately 316 kcal. Eat it when you need diets in limited quantities. It is not only a matter of high calorie content, but also that chestnut honey increases the appetite. It is used in the recovery after operations diseases, depressions, because it contributes to the development of gastric juice, stimulates metabolism.
Useful properties of chestnut honey
The beneficial properties of chestnut honey have been known since antiquity, but today they are forgotten. So, what is its use for the human body?
- It is considered a strong antiseptic, has antibacterial properties. It is a strong anti-inflammatory substance. It is often smeared directly on wounds, burns, apply lotion to damaged areas, used for skin diseases.
- It is used in the treatment of diseases of the kidneys, lungs, bronchi, heart, gastrointestinal tract, problems of the urinary and gallbladder. Traditional medicine says that chestnut honey treats sore throat, asthma, cystitis, nephritis, bronchitis, ulcers, indigestion and some other diseases.
- It fights with thrombosis, varicose veins, high and low pressure due to the fact that it improves the blood composition, makes the vessels more elastic, cleanses their walls.
- Increases immunity, resistance to various diseases.
- Copes with chronic fatigue, sleep problems, a positive effect on the nervous system.
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Despite the abundance of useful properties, in some cases, chestnut honey is not recommended.
- Honey can be harmful to people with allergies, as it is a strong allergen. It is believed that this particular honey most often causes an allergic reaction. Therefore, before use, you need to check the body's reaction to it. To do this, simply eat 1-2 g or spread on a delicate area of skin (the inside of the arm in the elbow, right on the bend).
- With individual intolerance to the product. Like any other product, honey can be poorly tolerated by humans. If any of its components are not accepted by the body, serious problems may arise.
- With diabetes, you can eat it in strictly limited quantities established by your doctor. Sucrose in its composition a lot, it is a sweet product with a high content of fructose, too. But even her, people with diabetes can be eaten only in a small dosage.
- Nursing mothers due to the fact that honey is an allergen, it can not be eaten.
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How to choose chestnut honey?
Chestnut honey is rarely found on the market, and it is not often delivered to the shops, so it is important not to get a fake when buying.
- The aroma should be just chestnut, but not very sharp. Obsessive scent can be a sign that the seller has used flavors.
- The color of such honey is always brown, dark.
- The taste is unusual, with a floral (like May) is difficult to confuse. There must be bitterness, sweetness is weak in comparison with other varieties. The aftertaste of burnt sugar indicates that the sellers for the color mixed it with burnt sugar.
- It is worth buying liquid chestnut honey, in it there are more useful substances.
- Chestnuts grow from which pollen and nectar are collected for this honey only in a subtropical climate. Such honey is usually collected in Transcaucasia, in France, Italy, in the Crimea, Altai and Kuban (Russia), Asia Minor, and North America. Similar honey from other countries may indicate a fake.
- Bees collect nectar and pollen from chestnut flowers in May, June and July. Focusing on these months, you can expect it in the markets not earlier than August.
The price of chestnut honey can not be low, as this is a rare variety. You should not count on discounts or promotions. Buyers, despite the cost, always enough, so that the sellers simply do not profitable to reduce the price.
Store chestnut honey is necessary at room temperature. Heating above 60 degrees is not recommended, since all useful substances will disappear. Hot honey - it's just sweet, not giving any benefit, but only harm and those extra pounds.