Raw Honey - Local, Varietal & Samplers

Raw Honey – Local, Varietal & Samplers

What is raw blossom honey you ask?

It is honey produced from the nectar of a single flower blossom source (these are sometimes referred to as mono-crop or varietal honey). To accomplish this feat the beekeeper needs several things:

  • typically 5 square miles of a single flowering plant
  • enough beehives to place into the center of the plant area when blooming starts to collect a good crop of nectar
  • cooperation with the weather to allow the bees to forage for enough time to produce a good crop of excess honey
  • proper timing and ability to remove the honey as the specific blossom source flowers begin to fade

The beekeeper places their beehives into the blooming fields at step 2 and timing is critical in all the steps. Being too early or too late “taints” the honey with other plant blossom nectar. It is a lot of work moving the bees and honey into and out of the fields and sometimes all the effort produces very little harvestable honey if factors are not just right.

The honey we sell is raw, unfiltered and has not been heated or pasteurized (heating can destroy beneficial enzymes, antioxidants and nutritional value). This means that small bits of pollen, wax particles, etc. may be present in the honey. Finding these items is totally normal in raw honey and does not impact the edibility. Since the honey has not been heated or pasteurized there is a chance that GRANULATION (sometimes referred to as CRYSTALLIZATION) may occur in some of the jars and turn your liquid honey more solid. All raw natural honey will granulate over time and depending on the honey variety this process can happen in a few weeks while in others can take a year or more. The granulation process is 100% normal and it means you have pure honey with no additives like high fructose corn syrup or other fillers.

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