At Burton Green Honey we are delighted to offer a range of products that come from our bee colonies based in the Burton Green area.
Our pure natural honey comes directly from the hive and absolutely nothing is added.
Honey production in the UK is very weather dependent and the bees need a good mix of sunshine and rain for the flowers to produce the nectar required to make honey.
Honeybees will typically forage within a 3 mile radius of the hive and bring back pollen and nectar. The nectar is stored in the honeycomb and water is evaporated by the bees to produce honey. They then put a thin layer of wax over the honey to preserve it.
We just remove the wax cappings that the bees put over the honey and once we extract the honey we use a fine filter to remove any bits of wax etc.
This means that the honey still contains all the natural goodness that nature intended.
Our Spring honey comes from a range of early flowering plants and fruit. Typically, Apple, Pear, Plum, Hawthorn, Blackthorn etc. If there are fields of Oil Seed Rape within the foraging area, then this is also a valuable source of nectar for bees.
Our Blossom honey is our main crop and typically comes from a wide range of flowers, herbs and trees such as Rose, Blackberry, Clover, Borage, Lime etc.
This gives a well balanced honey full of flavour.
Soft Set Honey
Some flowers have high levels of glucose which means that the honey is more prone to crystallise and set in the jar. We blend this honey with soft set honey which forms a ‘soft butter’ consistency which is more easier to use.
In late summer we take a few colonies of bees to the heather moorlands in Derbyshire where they forage on the late blooming heather. Heather honey has a distinctive taste and is thicker than other honeys. It has reputed health benefits being naturally high in antioxidants.
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