The doldrums of winter have really started to wear on me. I hate the cold with a passion (but I do love the snow, which is a bit of a contradiction). The wind and short days really get to me; I just hate being cooped up inside. And, to boot, everyone I know keeps getting sick. But, among all this, it’s the peak of the orange season, which means I get to enjoy a little bit of sunshine through the grey. That’s something I’ll take every drop of! And then there’s orange blossom honey.
Speaking of winter, cold snaps similar to the one we ended January with can wreak havoc on both the bees and citrus crops. When freezing air reaches deep into the south, citrus crops in Florida can be ruined by the cold. Combined with more frequent high-intensity storms and pests, orange crops are in serious danger. Oranges also rely on bees for pollination, so when brutally cold winters kill off hives, there may be a lack of pollinators come spring.
Orange season means lots of fresh citrus in the grocery store: no more dried-out fruits that go bad in a week that come from who knows where. Fresh oranges are a fruit that I always seem to forget about until the winter, probably because it’s the time of year where I’m craving summer. Now, I’ll get a bag of citrus at the store, and it’ll be gone in days.
Celebrate Orange Season with Honey
Orange blossom honey is a very special varietal honey. What is varietal honey? Varietal honey is the result of a beekeeper paying close attention to what is in bloom, and when, in the area around surrounding his or her beehives. The hives are positioned in the middle of the blooming crop. In the case of our Orange Blossom Honey, they are situated in orange groves in West Palm, Florida.
The bees collect nectar from the orange blossoms, filling the empty honeycomb with orange blossom nectar. When the orange trees are finished blooming, the beekeeper collects the frames filled with honey and stores them until it is cured and ready to extract.
This stuff is seriously good! Floral and warm, it tastes exactly how orange blossoms smell: very sweet with strong jasmine overtones. I love to put this in my tea because it has a wonderful buttery texture and adds a beautiful aroma to my drink. It’s also ahh-ma-zing smeared onto toast and over top of overnight oats.
You can also enjoy this honey in our Raw Honey Sticks. These are perfect if you’re a big tea drinker at work: just keep a box in your desk for a no-mess sweetener. Keep them around for sore throats, too!
In honor of National Orange Blossom Day, we’ve gathered this collection of orange blossom honey recipes for you to enjoy.
Whenever we do a fare or a craft show we find that each region seems to gravitate toward a particular variety of honey. We often sell out of Orange Blossom Honey at our Honey House, we think it’s because the folks in our area enjoyed this varietal in their youth. It’s so much fun to taste honey with our guests and watch their faces as they take in the nectar, appreciate each and every note, and when they hit the one honey that sends them to the moon, we pack them up with a special jar and see them again and again for more.
A nice salad with citrus miso salad dressing is a wonderful way to celebrate oranges and, well, salad.
this Honey Citrus Glazed Salmon is oh-so-delicious while being oh-so-easy to prepare.
Use Orange Blossom Honey in our Cranberry Orange Biscotti and enjoy a perfect coffee-time treat. Biscotti is crunchy and made just for dunking in your favorite drink: try one with your next cup of hot chocolate! These are even better when you dip them into melted chocolate…trust me, you won’t want to share.
Honey Cranberry Orange Biscotti
Citrus for Inside and Out
Does your skin need a refresher just as much as your mind? Mine definitely does! Winter, no matter what I do, leaves my skin feeling dry and dull. You can hydrate until the cows come home, but with space heaters and dry air, you might be left looking a little parched.
Kick dry, lackluster skin to the curb with Blossoms+Bourbon: with a sunny perfume and nourishing ingredients, this line is just what dull winter skin called for!
Blossoms+Bourbon was inspired by the south. Sunny mornings, fresh sheets, farmhouse charm, and citrus groves are all rolled together in this cheerful, bright line. Fragranced with citrus and geranium bourbon, Blossoms+Bourbon is just as refreshing as a glass of fresh-pressed juice.
“I love this product- it is exactly as described, with a side of sunshine, and a twist of orange! It’s just right- a bright, fresh fragrance, without being cloyingly overdone. It is my go-to whenever I need a splash of summer.”
–Allison C, Waxing Kara customer.
First, at the sink or in the shower, use Blossoms+Bourbon Body Scrub to gently exfoliate and moisturize the skin. Made with honey+sugar crystals and nourishing plant oils, this scrub delivers a gently smoothing treatment to the skin. The blend of citrus and geranium bourbon oils are soothing and refreshing, so you’ll be left feeling bright and cheery.
Next, use Blossoms+Bourbon Body Butter to soothe dry skin with a serious dose of hydration. This water-based formula is emulsified with nourishing coconut oil and cocoa butter that lock moisture into the skin. Lightly fragranced to match its partner scrub, Blossoms Butter is delightfully refreshing. If you’re on the go, perfume and hydrate your skin with Blossoms+Bourbon Body Balm. Our Body Balms protect the skin from drying air while leaving behind a light fragrance, so you feel refreshed and peppy.
You can also enjoy the cheerful fragrance of Blossoms+Bourbon with our Shave Bar Soap. Formulated to be safe on face and body, this bar soap lathers up with rich sulfate-free suds to give you a smooth, close shave. This bar does double duty by cleansing the skin as well! Keep a bar at your sink, and enjoy softer skin with every use.
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