100% natural liquid gold – 100% premium & gourmet honey products

Through generations the Turk men were inventing new activities, whereas the women devoted themselves to different ways of producing wholesome end products.

To promote synergy among activities we took up beekeeping some years back. Besides fruit farming and spirit distilling, beekeeping has since then become a huge part of what we do. Bees take care that all the plants in the orchard are pollinated, while we take care that honey is an ingredient in a large number of delicious liqueurs.

Aside from a stationary beehive, located in the orchard, we also have a portable one. Thus we can move our bees to different locations all over Slovenia, mostly to our friends and acquaintances on organic farms where the bees can fly around and collect honeydew. Besides classic honey we have also created some other amazing honey mixtures such as honey with organic "super herbs”, honey with bee pollen, and many other healthy dainties.

No bees, no life

Honey bees have been around as long as flowers, collecting pollen and nectar which become honey. As bees gather pollen, they also pollinate plants. It is estimated that one third of the world’s crop production is pollinated by bees.

Without bees, life would disappear. Or as Albert Einstein long ago warned us:
"If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.” 

As a food, honey has been consumed for more than 8,000 years. Some of the earliest evidence about honey consumption is from cave painting near Valencia, Spain. Called "liquid gold” and "the nectar of the Gods”, honey was known for its healing properties already in antiquity. Pythagoras said that he "would have died 40 years earlier if he didn’t eat honey”, whereas Aristotle wrote that honey falls from the sky when stars rise. According to ancient Egyptians honey was the tears of the sun god Ra. 

Homemade Slovenian honey

Honey is a sweet, thick, tasty and aromatic liquid with colours ranging from golden to bronze. There are many varieties of honey. Its colour, flavour, and even aroma may differ depending on the whereabouts of the floral source visited by honey bees. The taste of honey varies from location to location as well as from month to month. Therefore each honey type is unique and some are better than others.

It is essential that bees collect nectar in clean and natural environment, free of pollution and conventional farming which includes the excessive use of pesticides, insecticides, and herbicides. Otherwise the residues of these synthetic chemicals may end up in honey.

Slovenia is a small, geographically diverse, extremely clean and eco-friendly country producing premium honey. Geographical diversity, various climate zones, and a varied flora in such as small area enable production of many different types of honey. Therefore Slovenian honey is one of the top-ranked honeys in the world.

In Slovenia honey is collected by autochthonous Carniolan honey bee (Apis mellifera carnica) also called "Lady bee” for its modesty, industriousness, and diligence. The Carniolan bee is indigenous to the Alpine region of Upper Carniola, and has spread naturally southwards to the whole of the Balkan peninsula as well as northwards to Austria. It is considered one of the most popular bees in the world because of its uniqueness and innate immunity.

Thanks to its properties Slovenian honey is exceptional, reaching much higher standards from those that are generally accepted by the European Union Honey Regulations. Hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) content, which is an indicator of the level of active enzymes present in honey, set by EC is 40 mg/kg. In Slovenia, however, the HMF levels are 15 mg/kg or even lower. This is a clear indicator that all health-giving properties of honey remain preserved..

Composition of honey

Honey is an aromatic, dense and sticky substance produced by industrious bees. It is a great substitute to sugar and yet so much more than that.

Honey consists of 80% sugar. The proportion between fruit sugar or fructose (38-42%) and grape sugar or glucose (30-32%) in honey varies from one type of honey to another, whereas sucrose is present only in modest quantities. Honey is also composed of water which must not exceed 20%. In Slovenia, however, the maximum water content permitted is 18.6%. Lastly, honey also includes other ingredients that make up about 6%:

  • different types of enzymes (invertase, diastase, catalase, glucose oxidase, phosphatase, and peroxide)
  • vitamins (vitamin C, vitamin B complex)
  • minerals (potassium, iron, copper, manganese, zinc, calcium, phosphorus, silicon, magnesium, sodium, iodine, etc.)
  • hormones (acetylcholine)
  • flavonoids (chrysin, galangin, and kaempferol)
  • inhibins or antibacterial substances (glucose oxidase, hydrogen peroxide)

All honey crystallizes

The tendency of honey to crystallize depends mostly on the varying ratios of sugars. The more glucose in honey, the sooner it will crystallize.

The speed of crystallization of a particular honey type depends on the ratio of glucose to fructose, the amount of water, and the storage temperature. Do not keep your honey some place too warm, and it is not a good idea to store it in the refrigerator. Additionally, since honey absorbs and holds moisture from environment, it may easily go bad. So store your honey properly sealed in a dry place. By the way, always use a clean spoon to scoop honey from a jar. Avoid bringing the spoon to your mouth and then dipping it in the jar again.

Honey crystallization is a natural phenomenon. Sooner or later honey will crystallize. Some types   of honey crystallize within a few weeks, others within a few months. Only some natural honey types, for example acacia honey, will crystallize very slowly. During crystallization process honey turns from dense liquid to a solid state of crystallized honey without affecting its chemical composition.

Crystallized honey preserves all healing qualities of the liquid honey. However, if you do not like it in this state, crystallized honey can be brought back to liquid consistency by immersing a honey jar in warm water. The warming temperature should not go beyond 35° C as overheating may damage the healing properties of honey.