The nature of small differences
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Blossom honeys are mainly obtained from nectar, a sweet secretion from the nectaries of plants. Nectaries are usually found in the blossoms, but can also be found in other plant parts, e.g. in leaf axils.
Honeydew is the source product for leaf, forest and needle honey, the so-called honeydew honeys. The bees gather honeydew, on leaves, needles and branches.
The most harvested honeys are mixed blossom honeys, which is honey that has been obtained of a variety of different plants. Taste and appearance vary widely, depending on the location and type of plants or blossoms the bees fly to. If the blossom honey comes from a definable region, it is labelled a regional honey, which may carry a label stating its origin.
Honeys can only be labelled single sort honeys if their nectar or honeydew predominantly comes from one specific plant or blossom type. The first prerequisite for single sort honeys is achieved by the honeybees themselves: they are faithful to their blossoms. If they can, they always fly to the same blossoms. The second condition for harvesting a single sort honey is the predominance of a plant species in an area.