Albanians stick to honey. It has been used by countless of cultures all around the world over the past 3,000 years, while in Albania, usage of honey traces back to Illyrian times. In centuries many writers and philosophers, starting from Aristotle have emphasized the wealth of bee forage in Albania.
The philosopher himself praised the honey that the Illyrians at the time turned into wine. Thatâ€™s just to state the importance Albanians have always put to the miraculous gold liquid. Well, the formula of Illyrian honey wine has long disappeared, yet it serves as historic proof that the Albanian predecessors were good at it.
But what makes honey so popular today? Most likely, it is the ease with which it can be consumed. One can eat honey directly, spread it on bread, mix it with juice or any drink instead of sugar, or mix it with warm water, lime juice, cinnamon and other herbs into a home-made medicine.
It is savored by all due to its taste as well as health benefits, making it extremely useful and versatile. Interestingly, you will find a listing of Albanian honey types.
The most popular honey-making regions in Albania
The most popular honey in Albania according to a report funded by the European Union are mainly located in the north, while in the south KorĂ§a region is known for the great production of honey.
Zadrima, in northern Albania (Lezha region), has excellent conditions for beekeeping and the practice is widespread among families, who gained their expertise during the time of state planning. The Lezhe region beekeepersâ€™ association is working to ensure that the honey produced is qualitatively and commercially sound. That of highest renown is the sage honey, which comes from two hill-top zones and is produced from mid-May to mid-June.
Honey from Puka district
Produced in Puka region where the pure nature and the diversity of medicinal herbs contribute to the nutritional values of the honey. These specifications position the product well in Tirana and Durres markets.
Mountain honey (Tropoja/Korca)
It has a good reputation throughout Albania. Honey production is a solution for small mountain farms, which donâ€™t have any possibility to expand the agricultural production and subsequently go to the market. The main objective of beekeepers is to increase the shares to the internal market as well as to exports because the price for a certified qualitative honey is almost doubled.
Honey from Tropoja Chestnuts
Collected in Tropoja forests where the characteristics of the Albanian Alps contribute to the freshness and special taste of the product (sweet). Such chestnut honey has good potential to succeed in Tirana, Elbasan and Durres markets as well as the international market./AgroWeb.org