A total number of 40 honey samples were collected from Apis melifera colonies forged on the five flora i.e., Ziziphus spp., Acacia modesta, Trifolium spp., Citrus spp. and Eucalyptus spp. These samples were analyzed for fifteen standard physico-chemical parameters of honey quality control i.e., free acidity, lactone, total acidity, refractive index, specific gravity, reducing sugars, sucrose, total sugars, hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) content, diastase value, ash contents, water insoluble solids and total soluble solids. The biochemical variation in the composition of honey due to floral type shows Ziziphus honey with high pH, ash and diastase value along with low acids and sucrose contents whereas Trifolium honey contained high moisture content, acids and sucrose along with low quantity of reducing sugars. Highest HMF was detected in Acacia honey along with lowest diastase and ash contents.
Asif Kamal , Saeeda Raza , Nouman Rashid , Tabassum Hameed , Musarrat Gilani , M. Amjad Qureshi and Khalid Nasim , 2002. Comparative Study of Honey Collected from Different Flora of Pakistan . Journal of Biological Sciences, 2: 626-627.