Raw Arbutus (Strawberry Tree) Honey - 50g Tester – The Raw Honey Shop
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Pure and Natural Raw Arbutus (Strawberry Tree) Honey - 50g Tester - The Raw Honey Shop

Raw Arbutus (Strawberry Tree) Honey - 50g Tester


Rossend's raw arbutus honey is an incredibly deep tasting type. It is quite bitter, like strong dark coffee and dark chocolate. It has a beautiful after taste, but many are put off by its initial medicinal flavour. This is a connoisseur variety for those with a love of unique and potent honey.

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More on the flavour: This is a very potent tasting tree honey, it has a flavour similar to high quality black coffee and bitter dark chocolate. It is one of the most overt tasting varieties I have experienced! Very light in consistency but very dark brown in colour. A unique and rare type that is only found in good quantity in 3 places in the world, Portugal, Sardinia and Greece.

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.

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 modrono in Spanish and is nicknamed 'strawberry tree' due to its fruit that look a little like strawberry. However, these berries are not overly sweet, leaning more to acidic, but they are apparently very refreshing. The fruit of this bush is 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 and one of the most potent tasting types you can find. It contains homogentisic acid which gives it its brown pigment as well as other unique properties.

What our customers Say

The Arbutus honey has to be one of the most complex honeys I've tasted to date. I have tried honey from all over the world and none compares to Atbutus for the intense flavour. No name given

The nearest thing I can compare it to is single malt whiskey. The whiskey from the Scottish Island of Islay boasts some the strongest and complex of all whiskeys especially Laphroag. They say that if you like this whiskey then you can drink any whiskey. So as a connoisseur of single malt whiskey I can say that Arbutus honey is on a par with the in depth and intense flavour of single Scottish whiskey. No name given

When you first taste the honey it has a chocolate taste followed by the rich taste of molasses. As you hold the honey in the mouth and roll your tongue around it, as you do when tasting malt whiskey, it releases a bitter taste like dark chocolate. This lingers when you swallow the honey and the aftertaste stays in the mouth for a few minutes just like the aftertaste of single malt whiskey. No name given

Some of the honey I purchase from you I use in drinks or pour over my cereal in the morning. But I think the best way to use Arbutus honey is to just use a tea spoon and taste it straight from the jar to appreciate its wonderful and complex taste. No name given


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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strong flavour, not for everyone

I found the taste very strong , smokey , definitely not many people will like it , they warn it in the description, taste did grown on me, I'm curious what is it going to taste like in my cakes. service is as always brilliant, care for packaging and aftercare :) keep going guys!

Tom C.
United Kingdom

A very different honey

This honey definitely isn't for everyone and it's not for me either. I'm still giving it 5 stars though as the website was very informative and gives the option of a tester pot so you don't waste your money. It's definitely worth a try if you want something different though.

Efim K.

Raw Arbutus (Strawberry Tree) Honey

Fast delivery, good quality!

Leila C.
United Kingdom

Lovely honey, thank you!

Lovely honey, thank you!

West middlands

Personally didn't like but the tester was a good way to find this out.

I personally didn't like this honey however 1) it did warn of this in the description and 2) the fact that this online store has the option to buy small tester jars means I didn't waste money on a huge, expensive jar of honey. My only problem is that there was honey on the outside of the jar when I unwrapped it from it's packaging.

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