A jar of honey from our Brereton apiary, First Harvest. Light amber in colour with a mild bittersweet flavour.
The bees overwintered at this apiary which gave them a good start as soon as the weather warmed up. Situated on the edge of Arclid Wood, between Sandbach and Brereton, these hives have plenty of access to early flowering trees as well of plentiful blackthorn and hawthorn in the hedgerows lining nearby fields. Having foraged all through the spring the honey was capped and ready to harvest early in the early summer. After being strained to remove any stray pieces of wax it has been left to settle and then jarred. It has not been filtered so retains all of the pollen naturally present in honey.
As this is a first harvest spring honey it is likely to crystalise quite quickly. We prefer to eat the honey raw as it retains all original taste and natural enzyme activity. If you would like to stop your honey crystallising further it can be kept in the freezer, or if you prefer a perfectly clear liquid honey, gently warm the jar to about 60°C — a water bath is best but you could also use the oven, it should take about an hour, maybe less.
It is sold in a traditional glass honey jar, with a metal screw lid and tamperproof label.