ABOUT OUR HONEY
High Town Blossom Honey is a natural product produced by honey bees that are housed in our garden in High Town Luton and in other local sites. It is a multi-floral honey that has been made from nectar from local trees, herbs, shrubs and flowers.
This flavourful raw honey is full of natural sweetness, local pollens and enzymes. The honey is harvested, filtered and put into honey jars without any further treatment. Honey is not like jam or many other sweet products that have to be put in the fridge once opened. You don't have to refrigerate it - in fact it’s better if you don’t! It lasts for a very long time without going off.
Raw honey is frequently used to improve health. Eating local honey is thought to help lessen of symptoms in hayfever sufferers through a gentle desensitising action. Many of our customers take our honey for hayfever and find that it reduces their symptoms.Take a couple of teaspoons of honey per day a month before your symptoms generally start, to give your body time to learn to tolerate the pollens. Then continue to take the honey throughout the season to keep up protection.
You can use natural ingredients to improve your health and combat many common diseases in yourself and your pets. A popular remedy, Golden Paste, is made with turmeric, coconut oil and black pepper, and is reported to help reduce inflammation and improve general health. Some recipes call for the use of raw honey in Golden Paste to improve the health benefits and flavour. If you are already using Golden Paste, you can safely use our honey in it.
What's the Difference between Set and Runny Honey?
Well, actually there's no real difference. All honey begins life as runny honey. Over time, it may set naturally, particularly if kept in a cool place. Each batch of natural honey will be slightly different in flavour and setting ability. This is because the bees fly to many different sources of nectar throughout the season, and the amount and type of nectar that they bring back to the hive from each source varies.
Some batches set quite quickly and others remain runny for longer. Some people like their honey to be set as it's easier to spread a good layer on bread and can be weighed more easily for cooking. Runny honey, however, is ideal for drizzling over raw fruit, natural yoghurt, cereals or just for spooning straight from the jar! A teaspoonful will sweeten herbal or fruit teas. Some people add it to hot water, whiskey and lemon juice for a warming drink to help ward off a sore throat or cold.
If your honey sets and you’d prefer it to be runny, simply place the jar in hot water. You may have to replace the water several times.
It is preferable not to heat honey higher than 35 C (about blood heat) as the natural enzymes will be destroyed. But if you have to do it, it’s not the end of the world. It will still taste good!
P.S. If you use Golden Paste and you don't want the hassle of making a new batch every few weeks, Annie sells a Turmeric and Black Pepper supplement that comes in easy-to-take capsules. The supplement is currently being sold in the US, but you can ask Annie how to obtain it in the UK using the Aljan Products Contact Us form. Find out more on the Aljan Products website.