Balparmak Regional Honey
DISCOVER THE FLAVORS OF TURKEY
BALPARMAK REGIONAL HONEYS FROM FIVE SEPARATE REGIONS OF TURKEY. EACH REFLECTING ITS OWN REGION'S MEADOWS, PLAINS AND WILDFLOWERS. DISTINCTIVE BOUQUETS, UNIQUE FLAVORS.
Honey regional designation of origin and Balparmak Regional Honey
The Altıparmak Research & Development Department, with support from TÜBİTAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) and the Undersecretariat of Foreign Trade and in conjunction with the Istanbul Technical University Department of Food Science undertook groundbreaking research into the regional characteristics of Turkish honey. Honey samples collected from 48 different regions in Turkey were analyzed one-by-one as part of study to accurately determine the quality and places of origin (in other words, places of production) of different types of honey. Sensory analyses were conducted, diagrams were developed and the most prominent characteristics of each type of honey were identified.
Balparmak Regional Honeys are the outcome of three years of intensive research. Scientific analysis was used not only to determine in which region each type of honey was produced and which flowers went into its making but also to ensure that consumers enjoy that same regional authenticity and purity.
Mount Nemrut is an important wildflower-growing region. This area is home to 43 different types of flora that are endemic to Turkey, meaning that they naturally grow nowhere else in the world. Among these, seven types of wild licorice (Astragalus), the Bitlis black cumin seed (Gypsophila bitlisensis) and wild plum (Prunus sp.) stand out among the most important honey plants in the region. Bingöl honey contains pollen grains from the many varieties of honey plants that grow naturally at a variety of altitudes in the province's alpine meadows, mountains and plains, as well as from cultivated plants grown in the region.
Bingöl Honey has a high degree of clarity and is sweet, with a sharp, long-lasting flavor and a distinctive floral aroma.
The Muş Plain is one of the largest plains in Turkey. Like the other provinces of Eastern Anatolia, Muş Province has a unique flora profile. The region even has its own variety of tulip, the Muş Tulip. The region's honey is light-colored, containing pollen grains from the many varieties of honey plants that grow naturally in the Muş Plain and the surrounding mountains, as well as from various cultivated plants grown in the region.
Muş honey has a distinctive flavor and a robust structure with an aroma redolent of the flowers from which it was collected.
The Yüksekova (Hakkari) region is mountainous with an average altitude of 1,950 meters (6,400 ft.). Due to the region's topography, it is home to very special flora. Yüksekova, which is home to the Buzul and İki Yaka Mountains, including Mount Cilo and Mount Sat, is an important center of plant life. Yüksekova honey contains pollen grains from the many varieties of honey plants that grow naturally at a variety of altitudes in the province's alpine meadows, mountains and plains. This gives a special quality to the region's honey.
Yüksekova honey has a distinctive flower, bergamot and citrus flavor and aroma.
Şemdinli province is home to a variety of wildflowers and other plants that do not grow in any other region of Turkey. There are 10 different species of plant that are endemic to the Şemdinli Valley, and a total of 23 kinds of plant found nowhere else in Turkey grow in the Valley. Şemdinli honey has a clear structure. It features aromas of flowers, bergamot and walnut, and its flavor has a complex structure with hints of flowers, bergamot, mint, menthol, mastic and walnut.
Şemdinli honey is sweet with a distinctive and lasting flavor.
Kayseri, as a result of its natural floral diversity and important plant areas, is one of Turkey's most botanically significant provinces. More than 2,000 different species of flower-bearing plant grow naturally within the borders of the province. Moreover, more than 400 rare and endemic plant species, found nowhere else in the world, have been identified. Kayseri honey contains pollen grains from the many varieties of honey plants that grow naturally at a variety of altitudes in the province's alpine meadows, mountains and plains, as well as from cultivated plants grown in the region.
Kayseri honey features prominent raisin, apricot/peach, cinnamon and caramel flavors and aromas.