Honey is recognised world wide for its health giving properties, indeed, honey was found in the tombs of Egyptian Pharaohs, and they didn't put any old rubbish in there did they? But sadly not all honey is healthy. A lot of honey available today has been 'processed' to such a degree it is reduced to nothing more than a sweet syrup.
Here at Honeyman's we aim to retain as many of the widely accepted health properties as we can, thus our honey will vary, quite dramatically at times, in both colour and consistency across our range.
Why is this?
Well basically, when we launched our honey business we decided to take a gamble. We decided that, as the bees are the experts here, we would work with their product and provide honey that is as close to it being 'straight from the hive' as we could. But this causes something of a commercial headache. Consumers are used to seeing clear honey on the shelves of their supermarket; they like it to be 'runny' as it is easier to use, but all quality, natural honey 'sets' or crystallises after a time, some faster than others, depending on the pollen type.
Our honey differs in colour because we work with 'batches' of honey. We package each harvest separately and label it according to the pollen content. Bees are independent, they can forage for pollen from any plants that are available. You can make a calculated guess on what the main pollen source will be in any batch, based on the location of the hives and the time of year, but the formal, laboratory pollen analysis, will give you an actual breakdown of the pollen content. Some of our polyfloral (honey containing a range of different pollen types) has the main pollen source listed on the label.
How does this differ from the major suppliers of supermarket honey?
Big manufacturers will take honey from many beekeepers and 'blend' them together in a vat to produce huge batches of honey which can then be packaged and sold as a 'standard' honey, in that all the jars of X's honey will taste the same. All Honeyman's honey will not taste the same. We produce small batches of honey from individual beekeepers, this is why we are able to offer different varieties. It's quite exciting to see what the bees have been up to and what flavours they can produce. We currently have one which is a cross between Acacia and Rapeseed; this is quite a rare combination. As we said, the bees are the experts, so why interfere with such a wonderful product? Our honey is labelled according to the main pollen source, and thus the flavour will differ accordingly.
Some of the Bee Keepers we work with