Authors : Sulbha Kulkarni
Page Nos : 165-171
Honey is a sweet and viscous fluid produced by honeybees from the nectar of flowers. It is defined as a pure and natural product that does not include any other substances, such as water or sweetener. In the present study total 15 species of Apis florea honey were collected from Nagpur region to study the source of pollen in the honey. Eighteen families were identified from fifteen honey samples. Most prominent pollen sources were the member of Asteraceae, Amaranthaceae and Leguminosae. While the secondary pollen sources were the members of Myrtaceae, Euphorbiaceae, Malvaceae and the minor sources were the members of Poaceae and Fungal spores. On the basis of the percentage of occurrence of pollen in the honey samples, the samples may be identified as a unifloral, bifloral and multifloral honey.
Keywords: Apis florea, prominent pollen, Honey.