The Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Javier Parrilla, highlights that the contest, in which all those beekeepers and beekeepers, natural or legal persons who produce honey in the Canary Islands, can participate, “seeks to value and disseminate the organoleptic characteristics of this important product , in addition to supporting the professionalization of the sector and the commercial brands of local honeys ». The insular Minister of Agriculture emphasizes that this event is 25 years old, “so it will be a very special celebration.” “It has become a benchmark and is essential to promote a sector as relevant for balanced development on the island as beekeeping,” he explained.
Within the quality awards, the contestants will be able to present their products in the multifloral honeys section, those in which no specific species or group of plant species predominate. In this group, the honeys will compete in the following categories: soft, medium or intermediate and intense and monofloral honeys, those that mainly come from a flowering or a very small group and that present the physical-chemical, pollen and sensory characteristics typical of their class: chestnut honey, tedera, tajinaste, avocado, heath, barilla, Teide broom, pennyroyal … In this group of honeys a specific category will be constituted for the contest phase when three or more samples of a certain type are presented . Those samples for which this number cannot be met will be found in a general category of varied monofloral honeys.
The pollen composition of the honeys that participate in the contest must respond to the characteristic flora of the Canary Islands, presenting as the majority pollens those of species from the declared production areas, and with the absence of pollen corresponding to species not present on the Island. The contest also will award the best presentation. A sample per brand may be submitted, and a container must be provided. In the event that they were awarded in previous editions, the brand can only be re-presented provided that substantial changes have been made to its image.