What is gourmet honey?
A gourmet honey is a raw varietal honey. Raw meaning that the honey has not been heat - treated so its natural antibacterial properties have been retained, and varietal because unlike a standard supermarket honey, a gourmet honey has been collected by bees that have been purposely placed to access the nectar from only one ﬂoral source (mono-ﬂoral) making timing crucial.
To be classified as gourmet the honey must be made up of at least 80% of one floral variety.
David’s background experience as a super spreader has been a huge advantage in both building relationships with the local farmers and a knowledge of the land. Although beekeeping is seasonal, and the busiest time is during the warmer months (from Sept to Feb) this doesn’t mean that there is no work to be done. During the winter months David’s time is divided between making new frames, servicing equipment for the coming season and making sure the bees have enough pollen to keep them well feed and healthy. Added to this the many hours driving to observe the trees and their progress in an attemp to determine if and when particular varieties will flower. It is crucial in the production of gourmet honey for a beekeeper to know when the flower that is producing the nectar is blooming and then remove the hives when the floral source is finished. This is EXTRA WORK for a beekeeper! Much more time and trips to the apiary are required. But the results are definitely worth the extra effort. This is why each gourmet honey has its own taste, like wine, all honey DOES NOT taste the same.
Although honey is good on everything, like wine, certain varieties compliment certain foods.