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Pure and Natural Raw Arbutus Honey - 5kg - The Raw Honey Shop


Raw Arbutus Honey - 5kg

45 Reviews

Awarded a coveted Two-Star Prize in the Great Taste Awards 2017

According to the judges: "This honey is dark and viscous with a delicious deep honey aroma." and "A classic arbutus honey with a fabulous texture and indeed a roasted coffee bean bitterness. Amazing length. This is an intriguing honey, a great example."

Rossend's raw arbutus honey is an incredibly unique type of honey. Alongside its honey sweetness, it is quite bitter, like strong dark coffee or very dark chocolate. It has a beautiful after taste, but many are surprised by its initial flavour. It is one of the most overt tasting varieties we have experienced! Very light in consistency but very dark brown in colour. This is a connoisseur variety for those with a love of unique and potent honey.

WARNING: If you have not had arbutus honey previously and are not sure if you would like bitter honey then we would recommend trying a tester before purchasing a full-size jar as the flavour is bitter.*

Colour: This particular honey is a very dark brown when runny with a shade of purple and a hint of deep red in the light.  The colour lightens significantly when crystalised to something similar to a coffee with a splash of milk. It often separates into distinct runny and crystalised layers.

Where does the honey come from? Our arbutus honey comes from Catalonia in Spain. The Catalonian Pyrenees are known for their pristine forests, high peaks and heavenly meadows, rushing rivers, winding streams and thundering waterfalls.

Who produces this honey? This arbutus honey comes from Rossend. He treats honey like an art form and you can really tell. It has such a perfect consistency and the varieties range from very subtle to very overt. He has won many awards for his honey including from the well renowned iTQi (International Taste and Quality Institute) who rated several of his honey varieties at the top level in the superior taste award category.

What about the plant the honey comes from? The Arbutus unedo bush is an evergreen, also known as madrono in Spanish and is nicknamed 'strawberry tree' due to its fruit, which look a bit like strawberries. However, these berries are not overly sweet, leaning more to acidic, but they are apparently very refreshing. The fruit of this bush is sometimes used in traditional Chinese medicine.

Common uses: Arbutus honey is known as a gourmet honey by connoisseurs and those with adventurous tastes, so it really adds a unique flavour to dishes. Savoury foods really benefit from its rich, bittersweet taste.

Arbutus honey facts: Arbutus honey is a rare variety, which is only found in good quantity in 3 places in the world - Portugal, Sardinia and Greece, and it's one of the most potent tasting varieties you can find. It contains homogentisic acid, which gives it its brown pigment as well as other unique properties. Arbutus honey is also being researched by scientists for potential chemopreventive treatments for colon cancer.


Important Note on Returns:

Due to its large size and expense, this item is not eligible for our normal extended returns policy


Please know that raw honey does crystalise and this is a natural process that occurs mainly due to the natural glucose in raw honey. For more information on why honey sets visit this article and for a more scientific explanation go to wikipedia.


About Us - Here at The Raw Honey Shop we take honey very seriously and we believe honey should be RAW, unpasteurised and 100% natural. Since 2008 we’ve been introducing our customers to a whole new world of pure all natural unpasteurised raw honey. With a product catalogue consisting of over 30 different raw and organic honeys we have a variety to suit all tastes.

Thank you for visiting our shop and we look forward to introducing you to a world of raw, pure and truly wonderful natural honey, the way the bees would want it!


*Product photo is representative of this product. Honey colour and texture may vary depending on the season and level of crystalization. Please check the product title and description for accurate contents.*

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Jeff D.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Raw Arbutus Honey

Rich flavour and bitter taste of Arbutus, v good.

Shaun B.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

A new staple in my pantry!

I stumbled upon the benefits of raw honey when it was recommended as a supplemental ingredient to an oil that was recommended in the medical literature for inflammatory conditions, (rheumatoid arthritis, some cancers) that were plaguing my friends. Upon discovering that the claims of those working in the emerging field of apitherapy were usually backed by the scientific literature, I started sending different types of certified raw honey to friends, typically buying some for myself as well. There is just no turning back once you have had the real thing! Arbutus is somewhat bitter but delightful nevertheless and great with cheese and some meats. And it ranks up there with manuka and buckwheat in terms of documented health benefits. Aside from the sugars in fruit, raw honey is the only sugar I will consume now. This shop is really great- the delivery was fast and the packaging is excellent. By developing a relationship with the suppliers, they minimise the possibility of the honey becoming adulterated with added fructose/glucose, pesticides etc. Buy with confidence! I am truly pleased to discover The Raw Honey Shop!

Jack R.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Superb Raw Arbutus Honey

After many years of sampling honey of numerous qualities I have finally found a top quality raw Arbutus honey , thank you Tim and your team for superb customer service.

Iche O.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Soothing and flavoursome

I bought Arbutus honey from the Raw Honey shop as I'd read about excellent properties of this honey. I was delighted with the full flavour of the honey. I had a nasty bout of flu and a spoonfulnof honey soothed my throat and helped my cough.

Roz W.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

delicious bitter honey

over 30 years! And this is it. I'm so pleased. I don't personally think it has coffee flavours; to me it is more reminiscent of hops as tasted in beer. I love it and will be purchasing regularly from now on. I have eaten a third of the jar already, straight off the spoon!!!

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