Warm and Festive Holly Honey
Holly Honey comes from holly shrubs that grow wild in forests on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Holly is a strong source of nectar for honeybees in late May to mid-June in our region. They come into bloom after many of the early-May plants are just about finished blossoming. When you watch a holly bush around this time, you will notice it comes to life and is covered by bees. Ever wonder why holly leaves are so prickly? It’s a fascinating process made by nature.
Holly tasting notes
This honey is typically light amber in color, with a pleasant sweet buttery flavor. It’s delicious and unusual honey that’s smooth and mildly sweet, featuring warm buttery pleasant floral flavor, with faint smoky notes and a slightly herbal finish. This honey is slow to granulate, making it terrific every-day honey!
Derived from the lowbush gallberry low bush (Ilex Glabra) the plant produces small, white flowers that peak after the primary flow in our region.
Ways to use this honey
We recommend using it on hotcakes or in making your own raw granola. It’s as unusual as it is extraordinary.
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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Ingredients: Raw unadulterated honey
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