Orange Blossom Honey 227g

£5.00

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Description

Orange blossom is believed to be native to the tropical regions of Asia,
citrus trees have been prized for their fruits and the
much sought-after honey that is produced from
their fragrant flowers since time immemorial. Citrus
cultivation most likely spread from the trees’ native
region around the Malay archipelago to India and
then on to the east coast of Africa before reaching
the eastern Mediterranean. From here, the Roman
and later Islamic conquests spread citrus
throughout Europe, with the Moors first introducing
sour oranges to Spain in 1000AD. Sweet oranges,
which originate in ancient China, were not known in
Europe until much later when Portuguese and
Italian merchants brought them back from the Far

Despite suffering a recent series of bad crops
brought about by a combination of unfavourably
high temperatures, droughts and the ravages of the
recently introduced oriental chestnut gall wasp
(Dryocosmus kuriphilus) and chestnut blight
(Cryphonectria parasitica), sweet chestnut remains
an important crop in Spain, grown mainly in the
north western regions of Galicia and Asturias but
also in Andalucía in the south for its edible nuts and
timber.
Favouring well drained, north facing slopes the tree
flowers from late June into July, with the long,
upright yellow catkins providing an important
source of pollen and nectar for the bees and other
insects which pollinate it.
The honey produced from this nectar is one of the
darkest around and almost opaque when the jar is
held up against the light but lets through a
chocolatey (dare I say chestnut-brown) glow that
gives some indication of what is to come. Opening
the lid the pungent aroma is of tannins and almost
acrid to the nose

Please note that we do not blend our honey and each batch is unique. The colour and flavour may therefore vary from batch to batch and any photographs are for illustration purposes only. If there is a jar that you have particularly enjoyed please make a note of the Lot Number and we may be able to supply the same one again

Harvested 2019

Additional information

Weight 0.6 kg