The production of honey has always had great importance in the county. This is evidenced by material evidence such as a large dorna, located next to the parish church of Vila Grande de Dornelas, where the local population placed the wax-paid tributes to the archbishopric of Braga, as mentioned in the parish memoirs of 1758 (Capela and Borralheiro, 2001).
Dorna in Vila Grande.
The role of beekeeping in the county is also reflected in the coat of arms of the municipality, where the image of a bee stands out.
The Honey of the Barroso, constitutes a true gift of the nature, that the hand and wisdom of the man knew to take advantage. It comes from the Apis mellifera mellifera honey bees, which create it and deposit it in the honeycombs of the beehives, from the nectar of the characteristic flowers of this mountainous region, like the queiró and the heather.
It is a remarkably dark honey with a pollen content of more than 35% ericácies, with a unique aroma and flavor, which makes it an unusually rich and appreciated product.
In recent years, taking advantage of the vast and rich flora existing, the production of honey has been consolidating. For this trend has contributed to the dissemination of this product in the trade fairs of the specialty, where it has obtained numerous prizes, and the product certification with Denomination of Protected Origin (portuguese DOP), attributed to the brand “Mel de Barroso”, promoted by the Agricultural Cooperative of Boticas.
Source: Câmara Municipal de Boticas 2006, Preservação dos Hábitos Comunitários nas Aldeias do Concelho de Boticas, Boticas / Photography: TR