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Wildflower honey is a mix of wildflowers that bloom in the spring time. Some examples of floral sources that you might have in your wildflower honey include Arbutus, Maple, Dandelion, Clover, Hazlenut, etc. Every batch of wildflower honey can be a little different but it is generally a little bit lighter in flavour and color than the summer honey which is predominantly Blackberry.
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 you would normally 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 stuff.
- 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 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 (maximum of 37c) water to bring it back to liquid with minimal change in taste or aroma. If you put honey in the microwave or in boiling water then 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 bee hive. Raw honey is never heated to temperatures hotter than the bees would naturally experience in their hive environment. Honey not marked as raw honey is frequently heated before putting through a fine filter to make it look clear. 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. Because high heat tends to extend the amount of time honey takes to granulate you can expect raw honey to possibly granulate a little faster.