Another name for the Tilia species is basswood. From it’s species is also the Linden tree which is very rich source of nectar. This fact has earned it title of “The Queen of Nectar”. It is highly popular in eastern Europe where it can also go under name of Lipa. Tilia cordata (one of main species of linden trees) grows up to 25-30 meters/80-100ft in air, and have 12m /40 ft spread. It has fissured bark and it can live several hundred years. It’s leaves are small in shape of heart, and highly aromatic yellow blossoms appear in clusters. Species of this tree blossom in June and July, which makes it great successor to Acacia and one of main nectar sources in Europe.
Tilia cordata/linden tree has a long history of medical use in Europe, most notably for soothing tension and irritability. It is also a heart tonic. The flower tea makes an excellent daily drink as it has a beneficial effect on the blood. Linden drink reduces cholesterol as well as high blood pressure. Applied externally, it can soothe inflammatory skin issues.
Downside of Linden is that, it’s blossoms are not protected from rain and does not tolerate long periods of drought. Which is why it is not found in western states of USA. If weather conditions are perfect, nectar can last for 2-3 weeks. On the other hand, since it is highly dependent on weather conditions, it can end in 5 days!
Highly succulent and sweet juices of Lipa leaves attract lot of other insects, which drink juice by bitting it’s leaves. Remnants of juice from it will be gathered honeybees and they will produce Forest honey from it! You’re on “Win-Win” with Linden!
Linden trees have the reputation giving some of the best honey in the world. It’s taste is described as “delicate and mild, and has warm herbal notes and a clean finish.”
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