A jar of honey from our Crewe apiary, Late Harvest 2021.
The combs from which this honey was extracted started to get filled by the bees in August after we harvested the summer crop. This being a semi-urban area, the local gardens and allotments have probably given them a lot to choose from but there was plenty of Himalayan Balsam flowering, as well as Hairy Willowherb, Budlija and Purple Loostrife – definitely the season for magenta flowers! 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.
Even though this is a summer honey, it will eventually crystalise. We prefer to eat the honey raw as it retains all original taste and natural enzyme activity but 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.