Raw Heather Honey - 1kg
Please note that this product is currently undergoing its UK organic verification, and so the label on the jar will not say 'Organic' until this is completed. There has been no change in the quality of the honey or any of the methods used by the beekeeper.
Awarded a One-Star Prize in the Great Taste Awards 2017
According to the judges: "Heavily aromatic. Treacly, almost fudgy in texture. There's an almost molasses richness and tinge of bitterness. Some deep meadowy flavours - more herbaceous than fruity, we feel. It has length and persistence." and "Deep brown, glossy, thick honey. The honey has a caramel aroma, and the dried fruit flavour comes through well and is rich and balanced. We would see this working well for a number of purposes - fruit, yoghurt or on toast."
This is an amazingly deep tasting shrub honey; it has a depth of flavour with a pronounced bitterness similar to dark chocolate or black tea. It comes from the bees feeding on the low lying heather shrubs often on mountainous terrain. Heather is a favourite plant of bees. Despite not being a tree, heather honey has properties of a tree honey, namely its potent taste and dark colour. If you have not had heather honey previously, we would recommend trying a tester before purchasing a full-size jar as the flavour can be quite intense.
Why Raw Honey is different to Processed Honey - Raw honey generally means the honey has not been processed, it has come from the hive to the jar with minimal interference. Most supermarket honey is highly processed to make it look more attractive, it has been drained of pollen, often heated and blended. Raw honey tends to vary from batch to batch, this is because it is not processed in a factory, filtered or heated to look homogeneous, it changes with the season and climate and what the bees feed on, we will update this fact sheet according to which batch we currently have in.
Honey Scale from 1 to 10
Less Sweet ■■■■■■□□□□ More Sweet
Mild Flavour ■■■■■■■■■□ Strong Flavour
Light Colour ■■■■■■■□□□ Dark Colour
Our honey scale is a simple way to see the properties of the honey at a glance.
The sweetness level shows simply how sweet tasting it is in comparison with other varieties. All honey is sweet but some are very rich which would have a higher rating while mild ones and will have a lower rating indicate this.
The Flavour shows something about the overall strength of the honey. Varieties like acacia are very mild and subtle in taste and we would put as 1 bar on the scale. Honey like heather is very deep and prominent in flavour and we would put as around 10 bars on the scale. Honey which has more of a bitter taste would also be rated higher in bars as it is a more intense flavour than other varieties.
Colour, a simple indication if the honey is light (1 bar) or dark (10 bars) …. Or somewhere in between.
Flavour - Antonio’s raw heather honey is a classic variety. Very popular due to its superb deep flavour, rich but not sickly, balsamic but not savoury. It is mildly bitter but complimented by a balanced sweetness, hard to describe as nothing quite compares to this, just simply stunning!
Colour - This particular honey is brown in colour, slightly red in the light.
Runny State - Heather honey tends not to stay runny for long due to a high glucose content.
Set State - Heather honey develops small to medium crystals fairly quickly after harvesting, it is quite rare to get it completely runny.
Honey Facts - This particular type of heather honey comes from the plants erica vagans and erica cinerea. Heather has 2 main genus, calluna also known as ling and erica or ericaceae, both are noted for being some of the best honey varieties you can obtain.
Origin - This variety of heather honey comes from the northern mountain ranges of Madrid in Spain known as Sierra De Guadarrama.
Plant / Tree – The heather shrub also known as brezo in Spanish is a small mountain hugging evergreen which produces many flowers and loves acidic soils.
Common Uses – Heather honey is particularly good to use in different recipes, such as: Greek yoghurt, ice creams, glazes for meats and to add a unique zing and depth to a dish.
Beekeeper - This heather honey comes from Antonio, a 4th generation beekeeper who takes pride in producing honey in a traditional way, without adding or taking away anything. Antonios hives are based in the mountain ranges of north of Madrid, the land he has his hives on has been certified as organic by the Committee of Organic Agriculture in Madrid.
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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