Linden honey

Linden honey

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Linden honey

Linden honey is particularly appreciated for the beneficial and therapeutic properties that derive from the properties of the tree from which it comes, the tree of wild linden trees that grows on the slopes of the Alps and the northern Apennines and that is native to the Boreal hemisphere.
When we talk about lime, we are talking about thirty species of tree plants belonging to the Tiliacee family. These trees are widespread in Italy, especially in the northern area, and are characterized by a tall and robust trunk (from 25 to 40 meters), thick foliage and very fragrant yellow hermaphrodite flowers.
The wild linden has smaller leaves than those of our local species and is much more used than the second as a medicinal plant, thanks to its many therapeutic properties. Its active compounds are used in herbal medicine and herbal medicine to treat anxiety, headaches, hysteria, agitation.
Flavonoids, contained in linden flowers, are important for their anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and astringent action. They are then used in medicine to treat flu syndromes, colds, migraine, hypertension and inflammation. They also have diuretic, anti-spasmodic and sedative properties. The leaves, instead, favor sweating and are therefore used for lowering body temperature in case of fever.
The trunk is also used for these trees. Linden wood can cure liver and gall bladder disorders, it can fight cellulite and dermatological inflammation. From the burned linden wood a charcoal is obtained with particular healing properties: it treats intestinal disorders, infections, edema, cellulite and leg ulcers.
The lime tree is in bloom in the months of June and July. In this period it emits an irresistible perfume for bees and produces a nectar with a unique aroma, abundantly used for the production of honey throughout the Alps.


The aromatic linden nectar comes out tasting its honey also those cases in which the concentration of lime is rather low to an eventual organoleptic examination. The scent is so strong that it resembles that of mint and pine. The flavor is very intense, of medium sweetness, with a medicinal and nocino aftertaste. The lime trees produce honeys with a more bitter aroma and fresher notes.
The color may vary depending on the other essences contained in the honey, but above all depending on the amount of honeydew present. It can therefore be clear and amber if more pure and in liquid or dark and reddish if it is richer in honeydew and crystallized.
Crystallization is not a sign of deterioration of honey, but a natural process, a sign of the product's genuineness. To return the honey to its liquid state it is sufficient to heat it to a temperature not exceeding 45 °, so that vitamins, enzymes and its active ingredients are not lost.
To the normal balsamic, mucolytic, sedative and soothing properties of all types of honey, the linden honey it is particularly therapeutic for the human body.
First of all it is particularly indicated for treating nervous and anxious states. It is ideal as a sweetener for tea, infusions and expectorant and calming teas, especially if consumed before going to bed, promoting sleep. It is in fact particularly suitable for those suffering from insomnia and irritability. Be careful not to add it to too-boiling drinks if we don't want to lose its properties!
It is a natural anti-spasmodic and is able to quell menstrual pain.
The linden honey it can also be enjoyed at breakfast spread on a slice of bread. Its mentholated taste can help those suffering from halitosis not only because it is able to refresh the oral mucosa, but also because it affects digestion (the main cause of halitosis), stimulating and regulating it.
It can also be used in the kitchen also in tasty recipes, such as linden honey fritters, typical of the All Saints' Day, and Saracen-style linden tartlets; inside fruit (pears or apples) baked in the oven, or on some cheeses, such as gorgonzola and goat cheese.


Linden honey is produced especially in the Alpine area, contributing greatly to the agri-food economy of those local realities. Piedmont is the Italian region where this production is particularly flourishing, particularly in the Val d'Ossola area and in the valleys around the Novara area, where particularly pure and unifloral linden honeys are produced. Also in the surrounding areas this honey is produced, but it is very common that it is mixed with chestnut honey as it is not possible to separate the nectar of the lime from that of the chestnut, given the proximity of the two species of trees.
In the Po Valley area even linden honeys are produced from city trees, which arise in abundance in parks or along the avenues of the area. In recent years it is not uncommon to find "urban" lime honeys, that is derived from trees in city areas, in some cases even rather degraded, whose aroma is particularly influenced by the external environment.
Linden honeys are also produced in abundance in Eastern Europe, Russia and China.
Because of the strong and characteristic taste, this type of honey may not appeal to everyone, but it has faithful admirers to whom a small but specific marketing is addressed.