We have a good supply of local honey from hives in both Shillington and Hexton, all lovingly tended by one of Bedfordshire's premier beekeepers. We always have supplies of both runny and set honey. At this time of year its mostly the rape (runny) honey which sells and Andy brought fresh, and I mean FRESH, supplies in at the beginning of this week.
You may wonder why some honey is runny and some set, so thought I would share the information from the beekeepers site:
The type of honey made by the bees is dependent on the types of foliage and flowers available to the bees. Crops such as oil seed rape (the bright yellow fields in the spring) produce large quantifies of honey that sets very hard, so hard even the bees could not use it in the winter, garden flowers tend to give a clear liquid honey. If the beekeeper wants to produce a mono honey i.e. clover, orange blossom etc. the beehive is put out of range from other sources. This can be difficult for the small hobbyist and a blend of the season’s honey is usually the result.
It is also thought to reduce the effects of hayfever, it must be local, and you need to take a teaspoon everyday for several months before the season starts, some of our customers swear by it.
How do you like to have your honey?