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Rape honey starts blooming in April. The rape plant is an oleaginous plant, a member of the mustard family, with a vast spreading area. The honeybees highly appreciate this plant, gathering from it important quantities of pollen and nectar. Rapeseed is grown for the production of animal feed, vegetable oil for human consumption and Biodiesel. Rape crop growing is the basis for apiculture in northern Germany.
Rape honey is typical northern German specialty and is obtained in May. Its colour is transparent to pale yellow. The texture is smooth and creamy. It has a low acidity and a high PH value (4). Its weak conductivity points out that rape honey is not very rich in minerals. The scent is not very pleasant (it has a slight slick of cabbage). However, it has a delicious taste reminiscent slightly of vanilla and is not too sweet.
Rape honey has in its composition more glucose than fructose. This explains the rapid crystallization.
Rape honey has healing properties being recommended for curing kidney health problems. Rape plant oil contains Q3, an elemtént extremely important for bone development. For this reason rape honey is used to treat osteoporosis. It also helps the regenartion and eleasticity maintenance of vascular walls.. Rape honey consumption protects the liver, the spleen and the pancreas from various diseases.