Blueberry honey and the bees


 

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The wild blueberry is self-infertile and it must, for fertilization, count on the presence of external assistance such as bees. There are many native bees that make a part of the job but they are far from sufficient given the extent of cultivation of blueberry fields. To give a boost to pollinate the wild blueberry is more than 30,000 hives that are installed every year in wild blueberry fields of Lac St-Jean that occupy almost an area the size of the island of Montreal. Healthy hives houses from 30 000 to 60 000 bees. Without the bees, the Quebec blueberry producers would fall like flies. Upon their return, the bees bring honey … blueberry!

Different from white or golden honey, blueberry honey is dark and its taste is pronounced (spicy and fruity). Blueberry honey is not exclusively made out from blueberry flowers but this essence predominates.

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Honey possibly has a prebiotic effect on the human body by improving the growth, activity and viability of bifidobacteria and lactobacilli intestinal microflora, important bacterium for good health. Honey is also an excellent source of antioxidants. The majority of these antioxidants are flavonoids. These interact in neutralizing free radicals from the body. Generally, darker honeys, like those from sunflower buckwheat and wild blueberries, contain higher amounts of flavonoids and greater antioxidant capacity compare to lighter honeys, However, the assimilation of these flavonoids in the human body have been little studied and more research is needed.

 

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