Sweet and Fruity Blueberry Honey
We can thank the bees for blueberries. If you wonder what makes blueberry blossom honey taste the way it does, it’s not by mixing blueberries with honey. Instead, the bees travel from blossom to blossom collecting nectar while at the same time passing and mingling pollen from bush to bush. The act of pollination makes honeybees important blueberry pollinators, increasing fruit yield by up to 1000 pounds per acre!
Need ideas on what to do with Blueberry Blossom Honey?
Drizzle this honey over goat cheese and garnish with a fresh sprig of mint and raw walnuts and serve with sparkling wine. Blueberry honey perfectly complements Greek yogurt or muesli with berries and easily replaces maple syrup over hotcakes.
Great in marinades and blueberry sauces for grilling fish and chicken. This honey is so versatile, it pairs well with tomatoes in soups and sauces. You can even make your own blueberry ketchup with it! Try it on Watermelon with chopped mint, olive oil and feta cheese, as in this Watermelon Feta Salad.
Hives are typically stocked in commercial blueberry fields at rates of one to four hives per acre. What’s good for the honeybee is good for the fruit.
Try our Power Porridge featuring Blueberry Blossom Honey.
Raw, pure, and Star K Certified Kosher.
Every Honey Tells a Story
I started beekeeping six years ago and covered all of the details in my blog and my YouTube channel. My mentor, Dale Large, a fifty-plus-year beekeeping veteran has taken the lead with my apiary and I am his devoted protégé. I am blessed and humbled by the amazing honey that the bees are making – from our farming efforts, and continue to expand to increase the amount of honey that I can offer from my own apiary on Chesterhaven Beach Farm.
About Small Batch Artisanal and Varietal Honey
Like wine reflects the complexity of the soil and weather, honey tells the story of the hive surroundings in the same way. Our Waxing Kara® honey is nature’s blend from Chesterhaven Beach Farm. Each year, we add more plants and trees to support the bees. This is a years-long process, and each year the honey will be different.
Varietal Honeys (made with nectar from one type of crop) are true labors of love by the beekeeper, who carefully sets hives in the center of cultivated fields for bees to provide pollination services just for the brief time of blossoming. Since bees will fly up to six miles to find nectar, the challenge in achieving varietal honey is to provide enough crops of one type to satisfy the hive.
We don’t do any fancy blending, colorizing or infusing, nor do we pasteurize or boil honey. Pasteurization destroys all of the pollen, enzymes, propolis, vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants and minerals in honey. We sell only raw honey that’s been minimally filtered. We grow our own and buy from other small growers to keep pace with growing demand for honey in our region. We bottle, label and package by hand at our Honey House in Owings Mills, Maryland.
Care of Honey
Honey is a “perfect” food with an indefinite shelf life. Store in airtight glass, away from direct sunlight. Do not refrigerate. It’s not unusual for some honey to crystalize over time. It’s not a bad thing, it proves the honey is raw. If cloudy or crystallized honey doesn’t appeal to you, reconstitute by placing the glass jar in a pan of water that has been brought to a boil and removed from heat.
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