They won six gold medals, as many in silver and one in bronze.
The fourth French honey competition, organized by the National Union of French beekeeping (Unaf), took place on Wednesday 23 June. Of the 31 gold, 26 silver, 12 bronze and 7 favorites awarded by the jurors, which reflect the excellence and diversity of French honeys, the beekeepers of Lozère obtained six gold medals. , six silver and one bronze, proving that the department is a formidable land of honey.
Important and quality competition
242 French honeys competed in different categories according to their floral origins, like the richness of the terroirs, the know-how of beekeepers and the 2020 beekeeping season, i.e. more than 30 varieties of different honeys and seven rare honeys. By organizing this event which distinguishes excellence, the National Union of French Apiculture, in conjunction with the National Technical-Economic and Scientific Commission (CNTESA), wanted to promote the work of beekeepers and raise awareness of diversity and quality of made in France honeys in the face of strong competition, sometimes made up of adulterated import honeys.
The open categories (with more than three honeys presented) were classified according to their floral or territorial origins: acacia, pink berries, callune heather, erica heather, causses, chestnut, oak, rapeseed, forest, scrubland, lavender-lavandin, lychee, honeydew , mountain, polyfloral, rhododendron, fir, buckwheat, fir, lime. Without forgetting the gingerbread category.
In mountain or in polyfloral, beekeepers could present two samples. The honeys whose number of samples was not sufficient to create a category (less than three honeys per category), were able to compete as a favorite. This year, due to sanitary conditions and imposed constraints, the competition had to be postponed several times and finally took place on June 23, at ten sites spread across the country, in order to respect the required sanitary distances.
For Henri Clément, president of the Syndicat apicole de Lozère: “These medals reward the professionalism, the know-how of the beekeepers of the department. The jurors who included starred chefs, pastry chefs best workers in France and honey specialists distinguished the excellence and diversity of the honeys presented. So a real recognition for the beekeepers of the Syndicat apicole et les miels de Lozère. We can only be delighted! On the other hand, this year, because of the appalling climatic conditions throughout the spring and still today at this beginning summer, the 2021 season promises to be disastrous. The Syndicate has alerted elected officials and the Chamber of Agriculture because honey production appears to be more than compromised. The Lozère Bee Syndicate has more than 200 members who maintain more than 12,000 beehives. Among them, there are more than 20 professionals for whom this is the only profession and about forty pluriactive who own more than 50 beehives “.
Details of the competition results
Bruyère callune awards: gold medal at the beekeeping workshop of the Clos du nid association (Marvejols); silver medal to Pierre de La Rue du Can, Miellerie de Vielvic (Saint-André-Capcèze). Causses: gold medal at the beekeeping workshop of the Clos du nid association; silver medal for Nicolas Carrière, the Honey of the Shepherd in Drigas (Hures-la-Parade). Chestnut tree: gold medal for Bastien Alise, the Ruchers de Bastien, lieu-dit Conches (Saint-Frézal-de-Ventalon); bronze medal to Pierre de La Rue du Can, Miellerie de Vielvic. Forest: gold medal for Thierry Crouzet, the Ruchers des Corniches, in Alauze (Meyrueis); silver medal to Pierre de La Rue du Can, Miellerie de Vielvic. Garrigue: gold medal for Bastien Alise, the Ruchers de Bastien. Mountain: gold medal to Bastien Alise, the Ruchers de Bastien; silver medal for Bastien Alise, the Ruchers de Bastien, and David Blanc, the Apiary of Sallassous, at La Fagette (Chastel-Nouvel). Polyfloral (all flowers): silver medal for Bastien Alise, Les Ruchers de Bastien.