Chestnut Honey

Chestnut Honey

Chestnut honey is a dark coloured honey made from the flower nectar of the chestnut trees’ species; the one produced in Europe comes primarily from the flower nectar of the sweet chestnut tree (Castanea sativa), which is spread throughout the Mediterranean area.

It is a stronger honey, with a particular flavour and a certain bitterness to it. It distinguishes itself by a darker pigment and it becomes even darker when it crystallises.
It is generally rich in vitamins and minerals and boasts a high antioxidant content, providing anti-inflammatory, anti-allergy, anti-acne, cough-suppressing and antibacterial benefits as well as soothes an irritated throat and stomach lining.

In terms of flavour the chestnut honey is mildly sweet and presents a complex intense aroma with a rather persistent taste, pungent and spicy, with leather notes. It has a slightly bitter aftertaste, which is a result of the honey’s tannin content (a polyphenol or antioxidant with several positive properties).
Generally, the darker the honey, the more intense and aromatic its flavour profile, however differences in taste may occur depending on the chestnut species providing the nectar, season, climate, weather conditions and so on.
The variety’s bitter-sweet taste makes it perfect for pairing with cheeses or meats, but also for toast in the morning for those who are not looking for a particularly sweet spread.

Chestnut Honey Aromatic Profile
chestnut-honeyIn terms of beneficial properties, this particular variety is good for a wide range of conditions and boasts the following properties and benefits:
antibacterial1) Natural antibacterial. Chestnut honey is known for its impressive natural antibacterial properties derived primarily from its content of hydrogen peroxide, a naturally-occurring antimicrobial. Moreover, its low moisture content and density further contribute to its antibacterial effects by reducing bacteria numbers. Studies show the honey can improve wound healing time by reducing bacterial load and promote a faster recovery following respiratory infections.
pollen2) Immuno-modulating properties, which are to be a result of its generally higher pollen content. Pollen attaches itself to the honey bee’s body when it gathers nectar and then becomes part of the honey. Studies suggest pollen prevents the release of histamine from mast cells (a type of white blood cell), potentially contributing to anti-allergic effects. Moreover, it further benefits the immune system by helping white blood cells-producing organs accumulate important nutrients needed for their good functioning (however, if you are already allergic to chestnut pollen or honey bee enzymes, consumption should be avoided because it will trigger a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction).

3) Anti-inflammatory action. The antioxidant polyphenols and other unique components of chestnut honey are responsible for its general anti-inflammatory effects. It is because of its inflammation-reducing action and antibacterial properties that the honey can help with sore throat, wound healing, ulcers and even acne and promote a faster recovery.
sore throat
4) Good for sore throat and gastritis. Chestnut honey is viscous and has a low moisture content, characteristics that contribute to its soothing effect by allowing it to form a protective layer over the throat or stomach lining and allow them to heal while preventing further irritation. This is why the honey is added to tea or consumed raw before eating and is said to help with respiratory infections, wounds, gastritis and ulcers.

skin care
5) Great for skin care. Because of its tannin content which makes it slightly astringent, chestnut honey can help temporarily tighten skin and give it a more youthful and fresh appearance. Moreover, when applied as a face mask, it makes skin softer and helps unclog pores. Because of its antibacterial properties, it can help reduce bacteria numbers of skin and possibly prevent more serious acne breakouts.

antioxidant6) Rich in antioxidants. Darker honeys (such as chestnut) are often rich in antioxidant polyphenols which protect cells against the harmful action of free radicals and educing oxidative stress and subsequent cell damage. The honey is believed to help counteract oxidation from pollution, medication, stress and other similar factors.


7) Rich nutritional profile. Chestnut honey has a superior nutritional profile, containing higher amounts of vitamins and minerals than other varieties, notably vitamin C, potassium, manganese, iron, copper, trace amounts of amino acids and other nutrients.
8) Energizing action. The natural sugars, vitamins and minerals in chestnut honey help restore energy levels and combat fatigue naturally. This further recommends it greatly for consumption.

Chestnut honey has a particular taste that may not appeal to everyone. Nonetheless, it is aromatic and has a unique flavour that compliments its bitter aftertaste. The variety is generally rich in vitamins and minerals and boasts a high antioxidant content, however it is important to always choose certified, organic, raw chestnut honey and avoid heating it because it can cause it to lose its beneficial properties.

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