Pollen spectra of different unifloral honeys from La Palma

Irene La-Serna Ramos , Blas Méndez Pérez & Carmen Gómez Ferreras

The pollen content of twenty-four unifloral honey samples from twelve different apiaries in La Palma (Canary Islands) was subjected to qualitative and quantitative melissopalynological analysis. The quantitative analysis showed that 4% of the honey belonged to Maurizio’s Class I, 8% to Class II, 58% to Class III, 17% to Class IV and 13% to Class V. According to the qualitative analysis, eight honeys were typified as unifloral of Castanea sativa , five of Carlina salicifolia , three of Echium brevirame , three of Reseda luteola , two of Erica arborea , two of Lotus hillebrandii and one of Lamiaceae Origanum vulgare ssp. virens -type. No honeydew elements were found. 62 pollen types were identified belonging to 42 different families. There is no pollen type common to all samples but Foeniculum vulgare -type is present in 22 of the samples (91.7%) and the combination Cistus sp., Erica arborea , Aspalthium bituminosum , Origanum vulgare ssp. virens -type and Rumex sp. in 21 (87.5%). The organoleptic analysis indicated that they are of good quality.

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