Pine honey Turkish: çam balı is a type of honeydew honey. [1] It is a sweet and spicy honey, with some woody notes, a resinous fragrance and light amber color. It is a common breakfast dish in Turkey, where it is drizzled over yoghurt and eaten with bread.[1]

Pine honey is an unusual honey because it is not produced entirely by honey bees .[2] It is produced by bees that collect honeydew (sugary secretions) from a scale insect species called Marchalina hellenica, which lives on the sap of certain pine trees.[3] The marchalina hellenica can be found on the Turkish Pine (Pinus brutia), as well as the Aleppo Pine(Pinus halepensis), Austrian Pine (Pinus nigra), Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris) and Stone Pine (Pinus pinea).[4][5]

Pine honey is produced in eastern Mediterranian Pinus brutia forests.[3] Turkey produces 92% of the worlds pine honey.[6][7] The province of Muğla accounts for 80% of Turkish pine honey production.[8]


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