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Albanian honey: Flower preferences of the honey bees

Albanian honey: Flower preferences of the honey bees

Albania's climate provides excellent conditions for beekeeping: Already Aristotle praised the wealth of bee forage plants and wildflowers in Albania. Recently, researchers from the departments of Biology of the University of Elbasan and the University of Tirana conducted a melissopalynological study to look into the preferred source plants and quality of honey in the country.¹ Melissopalynology, the analysis of pollen grains in honey, provides information about the floral choices of honey bees, which is used to determine the geographical and botanical origin of the honey. 

The analysis was carried out on 30 honey samples collected from localities across Albania, from Bajram Curri in Northern Albania to Sarandë in the South of the country. The study confirmed a great diversity of floral sources; the honey was pure and not thermally processed.

About half (14 out of 30) of the honey samples were found to be monofloral (predominantly from the nectar of one plant), mainly from Castanea, Arbutus, and Erica. 16 out of 30 honey samples were multifloral, with a great variety of up to 56 pollen types. With regard to the frequency of occurrence of pollen types, the honey bees favourites include Arbutus, Artemisia, Castanea, Erica, Lotus, Rosa, Rubus, Tilia, Trifolium.

The Honey Trail offers a most unique way to discover the beauty of Albanian honey and this floral diversity, for example on our South tour.

 

¹ Source: Pupuleku, B., Kapidani, G., Naqellari, P. & Gjeta, E. (2016). Melissopalynological Study of Albania’s Honey. Academic Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, 5(3), 261-268.

Albania among the top travel destinations for 2019 according to Harper’s Bazaar

Albania among the top travel destinations for 2019 according to Harper’s Bazaar

Word is getting out that Albania is a wonderful place to discover: Albania made the top ten travel destinations for 2019, put together by travel experts for Harper's Bazaar UK.

The magazine says: “The southern European country has long been in the shadows of neighboring tourist-attracting countries Greece and Montenegro, however, some travel experts are predicting 2019 to be the country’s year”.

Source: Harper’s Bazaar UK

The Honey Trail at RESET

The Honey Trail at RESET

We are very happy that the online platform for sustainable innovation RESET.org included the Honey Trail in their list of tips and providers for sustainable travel experiences.

Thank you!

For our German-speaking readers, here is the link to the website:

                                                                                                                        Source: RESET.org
Your unique travel experience for 2019: Honey Trail tailor-made

Your unique travel experience for 2019: Honey Trail tailor-made

Beehives in Gjirokastra
Bees in Përmet                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          © Honey Trail

You are a (group of) bee lover(s), hobby beekeeper(s), new-bee(s), nature enthusiast(s) or foodies and want to learn more about bees and discover Albania from a unique perspective?

You are a beekeeping association or a training provider and want to organise a study tour for beekeepers to get to know Albanian beekeepers, beekeeping tradition and practices?

You are a family looking for a holiday that offers kids unique and engaging nature experiences?

We are happy to plan your very special travel experience, a custom-made itinerary that combines beekeeping, culture and nature, depending on your interests: Visits with beekeepers, agricultural co-operatives and organic farms, expert round tables or the opportunity to get hands-on during honey harvesting, in a boat on the wild Vjosa or Lake Shkodra, on foot in the Ceraunian Mountains or the Albanian Alps, at UNESCO World Heritage sites like Gjirokastra or Butrint, over a nice cup of mountain tea or at a winery.

Our offer includes all inclusive (bus) tours with English-speaking tour guides, self-drive options, bee farm homestays during honey harvesting season, and day trips to beekeepers.

We look forward to realising the Honey Trail tour that fits you just right!

 

It was a great pleasure!

It was a great pleasure!

From September 15 to 23 the wonderful group of the Armbruster Beekeeping School was with us on the Honey Trail exploring the South of Albania. It was a great pleasure to have you all as our guests! We thank you for the beautiful experiences together and hope to see you again!

Honey Trail impressions from Përmet

Honey Trail impressions from Përmet

In June, a film crew of the Social Travel Network Mapify visited our partner beekeeper Robert in Përmet as part of their Albania-Macedonia film production. We are very happy that the production included the Honey Trail and a short clip featuring the Albanian beekeeping tradition and excited to share the outcome with you: Wonderful impressions from the bees in Përmet!

 

Tickled your wanderlust? Want to meet Robert and his bees yourself? We offer tailor-made Honey Trail experiences that fit your interests and expectations just right, including all-inclusive and self-drive options, bee farm stays during honey harvesting season and day trips to beekeepers.

The Honey-Trail bees and the camera

The Honey-Trail bees and the camera

We had very special visitors! The film crew of the Social Travel Network Mapify met with our partner beekeeper in Përmet as part of their Albania-Macedonia film production: The short film aims to inspire people to discover the beauty and rich culture of Albania and we are very happy that it will also feature the Albanian beekeeping tradition and the Honey Trail. The short film will be presented on the platform in July and we cannot wait to see the outcome!

Hello beautiful spring!

Hello beautiful spring!

Beehives in Gjirokastra
© Honey Trail / Taulant Pjetërgjokaj

 

Happy weekend greetings from this sunny spring meadow in the south of Albania!
Here in the Lunxhëria region in Gjirokastër County live and work the bees of a certified organic beekeeper

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