Manna Honey

The astonishing way of production…

The leaves of the deciduous and coniferous trees emit a thick, sweet juice called manna, also known as honey dew. It is most common in oak, lime, willow, fir and pine.An extremely important role in forming the manna plays the leaf lice that parasites the trees. They drill holes on the leaves, a sweet, sticky juice runs down out of them. The leaf lice, take up some of the liquid, enrich it with the enzymes from their digestive system and release it to the surface of the leaves in the form of valuable nutritional material called – manna. From this point on the bees start to play their part in the workflow. They collect the enriched with enzymes manna, process it and produce the unique healing honey with it. For a rich yield of manna honey, several climatic factors must be on site, as follows: proper humidity, favorable air temperature and absence of rainfall and wind. These conditions are most feasible in the coastal zone, which is characterized by a Mediterranean climate. The most active period for manna producing is from the beginning of April to the end of June. At this time of year in the early morning hours, forest fog is formed, the humidity of the fog helps the liquefaction of the sweet juice thus making the manna gathering possible. At noon in the hot hours of the day, the gathering of manna is impossible, as it dries out and becomes useless. In case of intense moisture, the manna falls out from the leaves and the valuable material is destroyed, that means it is impossible to collect it in rainy periods. The gathering of manna honey depends on so many climatic and atmospheric circumstances that every drop of it comes to show us the miraculous power of nature and the special gifts she provides us with.


Manna Honey is called differently in every country: France – Les miellats, Turkey – Salgı balı, Germany – Waldhonig, Italy – Miele di bosco, Spain – Miel de mielada.


Strandja – the mystic mountain


Manna honey from Strandja Mountain is considered to be the highest quality product in this group. In the ecologically clean areas of the Strandja Mountain are the best conditions for extracting manna honey. The main quantities of manna honey in Bulgaria are produced in the Strandja, due to climatic and natural conditions – air, soil and water. Strandja manna honey is one of the best in the world. It is made of deciduous oak forests in the region of Strandja. “Strandja manna honey” is honey produced from excreta of sucking insects, as well as from the sweet liquid from the acorns of the oak.

Typical for the manna honey is its reddish color, with wood-caramel notes and thick consistency. Once crystallized, the color can change to light brown, gray. Consistency is a thick, liquid, semi-crystallized or crystallized mass. Its taste is sweet, but sometimes it has a slightly sour or bitter flavor. The aroma is of baked fruits and caramel.

The characteristics and qualities of “Strandja manna honey” are defined by the unique and rear plants which can be found only in Bulgaria and specifically in Strandja Mountain – Reinhold’s Bee, Vineyard Lupine, Lauros Lavdane, Dye Bee, Thracian Ranilist and Pooh’s Feast.

The honey is harvested in beehives located in the oak forests of Strandja Mountain and the outlined geographic area. Harvesting is  from late spring to the middle of the summer. Throughout the year, bee families are necessarily in the defined geographical area.


Rich mineral composition

Manna honey is composed of a large amount of free amino acids and the mineral substances in it are between 5 and 9 times more than in light nectarine species. The electrical conductivity of the honey is 2,2 millisimens. These undisputable facts also determine the great healing power of manna honey.

One of the biggest proofs of the special qualities of manna honey is its rich content of vital vitamins: B1, B2, PP, B12 (about 16 times more than in apples and apricots), B6, folic acid, biotin etc. The rich mineral composition of manna honey determines its alkalizing action, which is why it is recommended to athletes and all physical exercise activities to prevent muscle fever and fatigue.

Health benefits

The curative properties of the incredible manna honey have been known since ancient times. This creation of nature is an indispensable curative elixir that is used to treat many health problems and diseases. The unique healing properties and higher nutritional value of manna honey distinguish it from other honey.

The complex of biologically active substances – minerals, essential amino acids and vitamins, determines its strong antibacterial effect and its ability to strengthen the immune system.

  • Diabetes treatment

When treating diabetes, it is good to include honey in your diet, it is the perfect substitute for sugar for diabetic patients. The low carbohydrate content of the product is another reason to recommend it to diabetes patients.

  • Liver cleansing

Тo overcome alcohol dependence or clean your liver a very good method is to take a spoonful of manna honey twenty minutes before eating and keep it in your mouth as long as possible. Positive results come three to four days after taking the honey.

  • Nourishes the nervous system

The high concentration of amino acids and minerals such as: cobalt, manganese, zinc, phosphorus and sulfur help to provide valuable nutrients for the nervous system. Honey helps improve brain function. By improving brain functions, honey helps improve intellectual abilities. It also has a positive effect on sleeping problems. A spoon of miraculous mane honey helps to relax and fall asleep faster. With stress and chronic fatigue syndrome, this elixir is also incredible. The rapid healing effect of manna honey is determined by the ability of the beneficial ingredients in it to reach every cell in the body.

  • In case of anemia

The abundance of trace elements in miraculous manna honey, makes it very suitable for those suffering from anemia. The honey improves the overall condition in terms of the number of blood cells in the body. It helps regulate the hemoglobin and iron levels in the blood. Low hemoglobin is a prerequisite for anemia.

  • Antibacterial activity

Manna honey serves as a powerful antibiotic due to the presence of high glucose oxidase. Strong enzymatic action leads to the production of large amounts of hydrogen peroxide that acts against bacteria. As an antibacterial agent, manna honey serves as an ideal cough remedy.

  • Serves as a probiotic

The special sugars present in manna honey serve as probiotics that stimulate the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut, improving the gut flora. Doctors recommend it even for renal and biliary illness.

100 grams of manna honey contains:

Energy320 kcal / 1270 kJ
Fat0 g
Carbohydrate80 g
Protein1.67 g

Ingredients: carbohydrates, antioxidants, trace elements, organic acids, enzymes, amino acids, vitamins, lipids.