Wild sunflower. Photo from the Internet.


At left is the very clear honey derived from the flowers of the wild sunflower.

WE WERE GREATLY impressed by the honey that Prof. Paquito Untalan showed us when we visited his office in March 2017. He is the director of the Cordillera Regional Apiculture Center at the Benguet State University in La Trinidad.

ONE FLOWER SOURCE – The honey was so attractive with its pure yellow color unlike the honey from the wild as well as from local honeybee growers. The honey from the wild and those locally produced are much darker. Why? The Aphis mellifera that he was culturing collected their nectar from only one kind of flower, that of the Wild Sunflower which grows abundantly in Benguet. Its botanic name is Tithonia diversifolia. It could be found in other places like Tagaytay.

CONDUCTS TRAINING – Prof. Untalan conducts training on bee culture for  everybody who would like to produce honey. During our visit, he cited a number of individuals who trained under him and were successful.

DISADVANTAGE – Prof. Untalan cited one disadvantage of the Wild Sunflower honey. He said that it often crystalizes under ordinary room conditions. This is a disadvantage because some people might say it is not pure honey. Untalan, however, swears it is pure honey. The reason why it crystalizes is that it has a high concentration of glucose and lower fructose.

WE REALLY learn about many things when we visit different knowledge centers like BSU in La Trinidad. Other knowledge centers are the IRRI, UPLB Institute of Plant Breeding, CLSU, Mariano Marcos State University in Ilocos Norte, Visayas State University in Baybay, Leyte, Seafdec in Iloilo and more.


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