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Unveiling the secrets of Montesinho's honey: A blend of tradition and science

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Montesinho Natural Park (MNP) is celebrated for its diverse flora and unique climate, creating an ideal environment for producing honey with distinctive attributes. With the demand for natural products and Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) honey on the rise, understanding the nuances that contribute to honey quality becomes paramount.

Published in Food Quality and Safety, a new study by researchers from REQUIMTE/LAQV and Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto offers a comprehensive analysis of various samples from MNP. The study reveals that the honey consistently meets quality and regulatory standards.

The study conducted a thorough analysis of 13 honey samples from diverse apiaries. Employing sophisticated techniques, researchers assessed crucial physicochemical and nutritional variables, such as moisture, ash content, acidity, , proteins, carbohydrates, and minerals. Additionally, they looked into specific indicators like 5-hydroxymethylfurfural, diastase activity, and color.

Across the board, the honey demonstrated remarkable uniformity in quality, consistently adhering to or surpassing the rigorous criteria set by honey regulations. Notably, the study found that the honey's excellence was unaffected by MNP's varying geographical terrains, indicating a minimal impact of location on its key qualities.

The uniformity in quality across different apiaries within MNP confirmed the honey's compliance with legislative standards and its alignment with established quality benchmarks, showcasing MNP honey's adherence to its esteemed PDO status.

Professor Cristina Delerue-Matos, one of the study's principal investigators, said, "Our findings not only confirm the superior quality of MNP honey but also highlight the negligible impact of geographical variations within the park on its physicochemical properties. This underscores the park's unique biodiversity and the consistent practices of local beekeepers in maintaining honey quality."

This research not only reinforces the PDO status of MNP honey but also illuminates the path for future studies aimed at preserving the legacy and integrity of honey production in natural reserves amidst changing environmental conditions.

More information: Sónia Soares et al, Exploring Geographical Influences on Physicochemical Characteristics of Honey: the Montesinho Natural Park scenario, Food Quality and Safety (2024). DOI: 10.1093/fqsafe/fyae015

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