Tajinaste Rojo del Teide

The red tajinaste, also called Sangre del Teide, is native to the Canary Islands, especially Tenerife. It is a shrub that forms a rosette of very dense, lanceolate leaves, the lower ones being longer than the upper ones and silvery in colour. The flowers are coral red, hence its name, and are pointed. It can grow up to 3 m high.

The red tajinaste is found in the Cañadas del Teide, La Fortaleza, Valle de Ucanca and near the Parador Nacional and is a locally common plant. It is the most representative species of Las Cañadas, one of the most interesting floristic areas in the whole of Macaronesia. It coexists with other tajinastes, such as the less common blue tajinastes, endemic to the area.

This plant is a very important species for honey production, as it is one of the favourite flowers of bees in Tenerife thanks to its great abundance of pollen and nectar. The honey obtained is monofloral and has a denomination of origin. It has a smooth, creamy taste and a crystallised appearance with a light white to beige colour.

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