Raw Arbutus (Strawberry Tree) Honey - 1kg
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.
* If you have not had arbutus honey previously, we would recommend trying a tester before purchasing a full-size jar as the flavour can be quite intense. *
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.
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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Raw Arbutus (Strawberry Tree) Honey
Fast delivery, good quality!
Lovely honey, thank you!
Lovely honey, thank you!
Oh dear Mr Strawberry Tree
Am persevering but there is a quite unpleasant after taste, which I am persevering with but don't think I will ever eat it by the spoonful. I am, however, putting it in my dog's dinner as she doesn't seem to mind it and it must be beneficial to her.
We wished we'd been able to try a tester of the Arbutus honey before purchasing the full size jar but there was no such option available on the website so we thought we'd give it a try as we'd been very happy with all previous orders so far - how wrong we were this time. it is probably the farthest a taste could be from honey, so much so that even after much perseverance we find it to be completely inedible. Awful in fact. We consider good quality raw honey to be a very precious natural commodity so it is with a heavy heart that this almost full 1kg jar has to be consigned to the bin.
The Raw Honey Shop
Hi Peter, Thank you for your honest feedback. We appreciate you taking the time to leave a review, even though a 1 star does hurt. We're so sorry you didn't like the bitter taste of the Arbutus, it is a very particular one indeed. Regarding the testers, you can find our full range by clicking on the following link: https://www.therawhoneyshop.com/pages/search-results?q=tester&page_num=2 We hope you'll enjoy some other varieties again soon. Please make sure you read the product description as we do our best to describe the flavour of the honeys. Best wishes, Ombeline and The Raw Honey Shop team
This is the most unique honey I have ever tried. Bitter and rich, Arbutus honey has been known to be one the most (if not the most) powerful antioxidant and antibacterial honey ever produced. The health properties of Arbutus cannot be simply mentioned in one short review. 2 spoons of this honey mixed with a pack of pomegranate seeds and you have a magical food. Tom, who sells this rare honey is the most accommodating and attentive man in the honey business.
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