Blackberry Honey


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The majority of the honey produced on Salt Spring Island in the summer is from blackberry flowers but our Blackberry honey can include lavender, buckwheat, hawksbeard, and many other garden or wildflowers.  Therefore, the taste, aroma, and color can vary between batches making every batch unique but with blackberry being predominant.  Blackberry honey is a darker honey particularly when it is liquid and it has a stronger flavour than Wildflower honey collected earlier in the year. 100% of our honey was collected from flowers on Salt Spring Island. It is raw which means it has never been heated beyond the temperature that would normally be find inside a hive in order to preserve the natural enzymes that the bees add to it. It has been screened but has not been filtered because we do not want to remove the natural pollen grains. For that reason, it is not as clear as store bought honey, and you might find occasional tiny inclusions of wax or propolis or specks of other hive material.
  • Can I expect liquid honey to stay liquid and what can I do if it does granulate?

    Most honey granulates eventually and, depending on the source of the honey, it might take a month or it might take years.  For example, Maple blossom honey stays liquid much longer than other types of honey.  If your honey granulates, that does not mean it is going bad.  Many people prefer granulated honey to liquid honey and in most cases granulated honey is soft enough to be spreadable.

    If you still want to melt your honey, you can put it in hot water (maximum of 37C) to bring it back to liquid with minimal change in taste or aroma.  If you put honey in the microwave or in boiling water you are almost certainly going to see some decrease in enzymes, flavour and aroma.

  • What does the term "raw honey" mean?

    Raw honey means honey as you would find it in the beehive. Raw honey is never heated to temperatures hotter than the bees would naturally experience it in their hive environment.  Honey not marked as raw honey is frequently heated before putting through a fine filter to make it look more appealing.  That means that you can expect raw honey not to be as clear as honey that has had all of the pollen and propolis filtered out.  High heat and filtration tend to extend the amount of time honey takes to granulate, so you can expect raw honey to possibly granulate a little faster.

  • What does the batch and source information on the label actually mean?

    Island Bees honey comes in small batches with each batch having a different floral source, aroma, moisture content, and color.  The batch and source information on the label helps us keep track of various details about that particular jar of honey, including where on Salt Spring Island it was collected.

  • How do you have fresh honey to sell all year round?

    We bottle and freeze our honey at -18C shortly after extracting it. Freezing stops the honey from granulating and keeps it smelling and tasting fresh. If you are not going to use your honey right away, ask us to sell you frozen honey and you can store it in your own freezer until you need it. Keep in mind that we freeze our honey without the label because the resulting condensation damages the label.