Tag Archives: Palm Honey

Wild plants of Butia capitata and also Honey and Jam production

This video shows the spectacular palm grove of Butia capitata, located in Rocha, Uruguay.

  • It shows an excting palm population in the wild
  • It gets in touch with the local people who make their living out of the  palm grove with the delicious fruits of this palm .
  • You will see tall specimens lining large circles, planted in early colonial times for cattle.
  • You will hear bad news about the lack of regeneration. All specimens are old with no juveniles.

You can buy Butia capitata and other cold-hardy palm
trees in the Palm Section of our Shop – We ship young plants to
anywhere in Europe.

(A video of jelly palms in habitat.)

What is Butia capitata, pindo palm or jelly palm?

Butia capitata is a hardy feather palm with sweet, tasty fruits, native to Brazil,
Uruguay and Argentina. It is popular in cultivation and it is the only
frost-hardy palm that can produce delicious fruits in colder
climates.

You can buy potted living plants of Butia capitata, of different
sizes from our catalog at www.canarius.com.

Bee Honey VS Palm Honey

Palm honey is not Bee honey. It is the concentred sap of the Canary Islands native palm, Phoenix canariensis. It is thinner and darker than bee-honey. Both are natural sweeteners, but there is a big difference in taste and chemical content. The Canary Islands are home to great bee-honeys produced from indigenous flowers. Both bee-honey and palm-honey are used in local cuisine.

Difference in Cuisine and their nutritional content

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  • Bee-Honey is better on: Fresh Fruits, Milk as sweetener.
  • Palm-Honey is better on: Fresh Cheese, Yogourt, Liqueurs.
  • Both are good in: Cakes, Gofio, Sweetener for Tea
Ecological Guarapo

Ecological Guarapo – Palm Honey is typically sold in glass bottles

Chestnut Honey

Chestnut Honey – Bee Honey is typicall sold in glass jars

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There is also a big difference in nutritional content. Palms and bees are different living beings! Both are very healthy products because they contain natural, beneficial chemicals. Their content is different. Palm honey, for example is very rich in Magnesium and Potassium.

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Here we share a table from a study performed on canarian honeys.

ESSAY OF THE CONCENTRATION OF INORGANIC IONS IN THE “PALM HONEY” FROM THE SAP OF THE CANARY ISLANDS PALM.
IONS (%)
PALM HONEY BEE HONEY
CALCIUM 0,0043 0,006
COPPER 0,00015 0,00007
IRON 0,0010 0,0009
PHOSPHORUS 0,025 0,016
MAGNESIUM 0,019 0,006
POTASSIUM 1,038 0,010
SODIUM 0,056 0,003
ZINC 0,00034 -
Source: “Análisis bromatológico de iones inorgánicos en Miel de Palma”
Alberto Castilla Armas – Pedro Abreu Gonzalez

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You can buy different types of palm-honey and bee-honey from the Canary Islands in the Honey Section of our Shop. We ship to anywhere in Europe.

The Palm Honey in La Gomera

The Palm Honey in La Gomera

It is all about palm “honey”. See how the palm sap is collected from tall, wild palmtrees in La Gomera. Spectacular images, nice music. Subtitles in Spanish. PALM HONEY is a syrup manufactured in the island of La Gomera, one of the seven Canary Islands.

The process is as follows:

  1. The upper leaves of the palm are removed (Phoenix canariensis).
  2. The top is cut until the man gets to the soft white part that forms the “core” of the palm.
  3. A channel is placed to collect the sap produced from this “wound”.
  4. The cut must “heal” daily at dusk to mane the sap during the night. During the day, the sun’s heat would spoil the liquid.
  5. At dawn, the craftsman collects the liquid and boil it for a long time until it becomes a sweet, thick black liquid.

This is an excellent food, very good flavor and with many properties.

The palm does not die by this process and quickly recovers. Every five years or so, it can again be tapped”. The best time is summer and extraction is most popular in the areas of Taguluche, Tazo, El Ingenio and Alojera.

You can buy different types of palm honey from the Canary Islands in the Honey Section of our Shop.

Palm Honey Video – Miel de palma de La Gomera

Great video, showing the traditional process of palm honey production.

You can buy different types of palm honey from the Canary Islands in the Honey Section of our Shop.

Miel de palma de La Gomera

La miel de palma es un sirope que se fabrica en la isla de La Gomera, una de las siete Islas Canarias.

El proceso es el siguiente:

  • Se cortan las hojas superiores de la palmera (Phoenix canariensis).
  • Se rebaja el cogollo hasta encontrar la parte blanda y blanca que forma la “médula” del tronco.
  • Se coloca un canal para que mane la savia que produce esta “herida” en la palmera.
  • El corte debe “curarse” diariamente al oscurecer para que mane la savia durante la noche. Si se hiciera de día, el calor del sol estropearía el líquido.
  • Al amanecer, el artesano recoge el líquido y lo hierve durante mucho tiempo hasta que obtiene un líquido dulce, espeso y negro: la Miel de Palma de la Gomera.

Se trata de un excelente alimento, de muy buen sabor y con muchas propiedades curativas y dietéticas. Las palmera no mueren por este proceso y cada cinco años, aproximadamente, pueden volver a ser convertidas en “guaraperas“.

La mejor época para la extracción es el verano y las zonas más famosas son las de Taguluche, Tazo, AlojeraEl Ingenio.