A lovely wildflower honey!
There are more types of honey in the world than there are of wine….
Wildflower honey is a varietal honey, meaning it has a variety of pollens. The bees visit many different sources of pollen, and therefore the honey can vary in color and taste from property to property and season to season.
The definition of wildflower explains why you can’t pin down the defining qualities of wildflower honey:
Wildflower: The flower of a plant that normally grows in fields, forests, etc., without deliberate cultivation.
In other words, there’s no specific genus or family for wildflowers; they’re any flower that grows on its own in the wild – so there’s no predicting exactly what wildflower honey will look or taste like. The honey is called “polyfloral” for that reason, since it comes from a variety of nectar sources, unlike “monofloral” such as orange blossom or clover.
There’s another important phrase in the definition of wildflower: “without deliberate cultivation.” That means beekeepers and honey producers don’t plant a field full of wildflowers. The flowers simply grow naturally, so there’s no way that uniformity can be guaranteed in the honey the bees make. It is very common for apiaries to mix honey from several different properties or bee yards during bottling, in order to come up with a more consistent product. You’ll still notice the variations in batches, however. Your best chance at getting a uniform quality over time is to buy from local source. We do our best to maintain a consistent “flavor” if you will.
We do not pasteurize our honey, nor do we filter it beyond fine filtering, so you are still receiving pollen at it’s finest. Thank you for reading and we hope you enjoy our delicious wildflower honey!