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Supplier Spotlight ~ Corbett & Son ~ Local Honey

We have been a regular stockist of Corbett & Sons local honey in the shop for a number of years, they are just down the road in Barton Le Clay.  

See their Facebook Page

Honey is seen as a natural remedy to cough and allergies, particularly if it is local honey, there are many people that swear by its healing qualities.  

Honey & lemon (lemons often available in the shop too) are said to be ideal for treating a cough and cold in the winter months, certainly makes me feel better.

Delicious drizzled over cereal, or spread over warm crumpets.

How do you like to have your honey?

Perfect drizzled over your Porridge, or perfect in overnight oats

Honey & carrot cake recipe

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 quantities of honey that sets very hard, so hard that the bees cannot use it in the winter; garden flowers tend to give a clear liquid honey. 

If the beekeeper wants to produce a mono-floral honey, e.g. pure clover, orange blossom, etc, the beehive is put out of range from other floral sources. This can be difficult for the hobby beekeeper, who normally produces a blend of the season’s honey. In the autumn, some beekeepers move their hives onto the moors to harvest the nectar from wild heather. 

Heather honey is thought to be the king of honeys and has a clear jelly consistency.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."

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