Pure and Sweet Honey Tasting
Waxing Kara’s Honey Tasting Tower tells the story of the flowers surrounding a hive. Fruity? Nutty? Earthy? Each of the five honeys in this tower has its own unique flavor profile, based on geography, climate and nectar source. It’s almost like wine!
This is a collection of small batch, artisanal and varietal honey, accompanied by a booklet of tasting notes and suggestions on how to best use each honey. We’ve included a selection of varietals that range from light and fruity to dark and earthy. Sample the honey from light to dark, just as you would wine or beer.
A great way to try several varieties of honey before finding your favorite, our Tasting Tower is certified Kosher (perfect for Rosh Hashanah!) and as a hostess gift. Give it to your chef friend, a favorite teacher, or girlfriend.
Honey is available in limited supply. The contents of this Tasting Tower may vary from time-to-time. Our current Tasting Tower will include five of the following honeys. Arranged from lightest to darkest:
This honey is produced from the hives of our beekeeper friend whose bees pollinate butter bean fields on the Eastern Shore of Delaware. Butter beans provide a nectar that the bees turn into a very light, sweet, and almost peachy honey. Perfect for tea, on fruit, and in salad dressings.
Spring (Artisanal honey)
Produced on our very own Chesterhaven Beach Farm, Spring Honey is unlike any other honey you’ve tried. It’s a light green-gold color with a bright, strong floral flavor thanks to the lavender, wildflowers, and black locust trees on our farm. Perfect in tea, over hotcakes, or on top of yogurt.
Made from the nectar of the tall spikes of yellow sweet clover plants in North Dakota, this honey is bright, fragrant, sweet, and intoxicating. It’s currently Kara’s personal favorite. Very sweet and incredibly thick, this is a great honey for cocktails and granola.
Our Wildflower Honey comes from the nectar of wildflowers on the Eastern shore. Wildflower honey changes by season and is used by some in immunotherapy to build a resistance to pollen allergies. This is a mild, buttery honey that’s perfect for using fresh and in cooking.
Florida Orange Blossom Honey is medium-bodied, floral, round and warm with notes of jasmine and citrus. Great for on desserts like cheesecake and ice cream, this honey is very thick and makes a perfect glaze for grilled foods as well. Also fantastic on oatmeal.
This season, our Buckwheat Honey is from New York, though at times, we acquire Buckwheat from Pennsylvania. The small white blossoms on the buckwheat plant produce a hearty, strong honey. It is typically compared with black strap molasses and contains higher levels of antioxidants than most other honey. Perfect for in coffee, toast/breads and other baked goods.
Avocado (Varietal honey)
Avocado Honey hails from California, where hives pollinate groves of every millennial’s favorite fruit. It reminds us a little of Bamboo and Buckwheat honey in that it’s dark and rich, although it has a milder, sweeter flavor. Perfect on top of pancakes or in autumn baked goods.
- Includes 5- 2 ounce portions of raw honey and a booklet of pairing suggestions
- Our honey is 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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