Pollen Analysis can make Bee Keepers’ Honey Profits that Much Sweeter
Ancient cave paintings in Spain depicting people collecting honey date mankind’s relationship with honey to at least 10,000 years ago. Honey is even mentioned in the Bible, Qur’an and celebrated by Buddhists in an important religious festival. It has a long history of use to sweeten foods and for medicinal purposes.
The United States, along with China and Turkey are three of the largest honey producing countries. Honey is produced in every state of our country by honey bees that harvest the nectar of flowers. It’s relative sweetness to granulated sugar, and distinctive flavors, make it a preferred sweetener for many consumers and food manufacturers.
The flavor and appearance of honeys can differ dramatically. Monofloral honey, honey with a distinct flavor due to the predominant nectar of one plant species, has a higher monetary value in the marketplace. Some reports state that there are up to 300 unique types of honey in the United States alone due to various floral sources.
Beekeepers have long known this fact and often move bee hives or time honey harvesting based upon which plants are in bloom. To help determine the source of the nectar many honey manufacturers and beekeepers have turned to pollen analysis of their harvest.
EMSL Analytical, a leading food and environmental testing laboratory, has been offering this service to the honey industry with great success. “EMSL’s has been in the business of identifying pollens for almost 30 years,” reported Joe Frasca, Executive Vice President for EMSL Analytical, Inc. “Our expertise in pollen identification makes our scientists ideally trained to provide this service.”
To learn more about pollen testing or other testing services contact EMSL Analytical at (800) 220-3675 or visit www.EMSL.com.
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EMSL Analytical is a leading, national provider of environmental, consumer products and materials testing services and products to professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.
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