The blueberry flower is self-infertile, that is to say, it must, to allow fertilization, rely on the presence of external help such as that of bees, There are indeed native bees that do part of the work but they are far from sufficient given the extent of the crops of the blueberry fields. The honeybee is therefore used. To give a boost to the pollination of blueberry fields, more than 30,000 hives are installed each year in the wild blueberry fields of Lake St-Jean. When they return, the bees bring back honey… blueberry!
Blueberry honey is therefore not a white honey to which blueberry essence has been added. The bees that produce it have simply forned in the blueberry fields of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean. It does not come 100% from the nectar of blueberry flowers, but it is this essence that predominates.
Different from white or golden honey, the color of blueberry honey is dark, and its taste is pronounced (spicy and fruity).
Active ingredients and properties of honey
Honey may have a prebiotic effect on the human body by improving the growth, activity and viability of bifidobacteria and lactobacilli of the intestinal microflora, bacteria important for good health.
Honey is a dietary source of antioxidants. The majority of these antioxidants are flavonoids. The latter interact in the neutralization of free radicals in the body (see section Antioxidant Formula). Generally, darker honeys, such as those from sunflower, buckwheat and wild blueberry, contain higher amounts of flavonoids than paler honeys as well as greater antioxidant capacity. However, since the assimilation of these flavonoids by the human body has been very little studied, further research is needed.