East Lothian Honey | Batch 7 Spring 2021 | 227g
A delicious soft set honey, pale yellow in colour with a tangy floral flavour.
Batch 7 was extracted from the hives on the 2nd of June 2021 and jarred on the 30th of July 2021.
Due to building work at the house, this year my bees have been on holiday in a prime spot at the edge of a field of rapeseed on a farm between Dunbar and Haddington.
I think that this honey is mostly from oilseed rape however from the pollen in the hives during spring and the forage nearby there could be nectar from hawthorn, dandelion, cherry, gorse and clover.
This is a soft set honey - it has been left to set, then churned to delay crystallisation so the texture is soft and creamy with a slight crunch.
Perfect spread thickly on toast or eaten straight from the jar!
Unsuitable for children under 12 months
Store in a cool dry place. Don't store in the fridge.
All honey will crystallise eventually. This is completely normal but if you'd like to soften it we recommend sitting the jar in a bowl of hot water for 10 minutes or so.
In the UK anyone that sells honey that is labelled Raw Honey isn't abiding by the laws on honey labelling. The Honey (Scotland) Regulations 2015 clearly state how honey can be described and raw isn't on there at all!
Doon Honey is taken straight from the hives, spun out of the frames and then passed through two filters to remove any debris before being stored. I never subject the honey to high heat, blend or add anything to the honey. The two filters the honey passes through remove debris but allow the pollen grains that give the honey its lovely flavour and aroma to remain. Honey that is allowed to crystallise before being jarred is gently heated to max 30 degrees Celsius to soften it before churning it. Bees keep their hives between 32-35 degrees Celsius so this temperature is below the temperature of the hive.