Clover Honey is a Classic Favorite
Every day in our Honey House, people come in out of curiosity. When they arrive they make it clear that they are interested in “normal” honey. We offer a tasting and start with Clover which makes wonderful every-day “normal” honey.
Clover Honey is varietal honey familiar to most people by name, that makes a wonderful table honey. Varietal Honey (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 for just the brief time of blossoming. Since bees will fly 2-6 miles to find nectar, the challenge in achieving varietal honey is to provide enough crops of one type to satisfy the hive to prevent them from further foraging. When the crop finishes blossoming, the beekeeper collects the hives, allows the honey to cure and processes the honey. Varietal honey tastes different from region to region, the fun is in collecting honey from everywhere and comparing the flavors.
Clover Honey Tasting Notes
Grassy and floral with notes of butterscotch, vanilla, and caramel. The mild sweet finish is easy to use in just about everything you can imagine from marinades to salad dressings and sweeteners for tea and baking and especially good in hot tea.
Color: Yellow to light amber
Aroma: Vegetal and floral
Taste: Sweet and creamy light caramel, butterscotch, and toffee with a slightly salty finish.
Clover Honey pairs well a salty hard cheese or any creamy cheese on crostini or your favorite flatbread, and a glass of Gewürztraminer; its mild smooth caramel flavor will enhance any food. Toss a salad with fruit, walnuts and clover honey vinaigrette. Drizzle clover honey over fresh strawberries and blueberries or pistachio ice cream.
Need ideas on how to use honey in cooking?
Try our Honey Vinaigrette, Honey Baked Apples, and this filet.
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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