Heather honey has a dark amber color. However, when it crystallizes it takes on a much more brown colour, with clearly reddish tones.
This raw heather honey also has a very intense and persistent aroma, especially in the retrosanal. As a consequence, it reminds us of the deciduous forests in autumn, humus and mushrooms. Likewise, when tasting it, one can appreciate salty notes and marked bitter components, with greater or lesser intensity. However, this depends on the type of heather and its purity.
c) The shrub
Heather is a shrub that breeds on plains, slopes, hills, rocky mountain areas. It flowers in summer, and it can extend its flowering at the end of summer in areas of lower altitude. Therefore the new heather harvest always starts in the middle and end of summer.
d) Flowering and Recollection
In addition, the harvest of Heather honey is variable. Because its flowering is often early and irregular. It is also very sensitive to long periods of drought and rain, so we can find years without arm honey.
Next we show you a video about the heather plant
Video on heather flowering
Finally, if this honey is accompanied by some blackberry honey, it will have higher humidity, acid notes. In addition, it will tend to crystallize with separation of the solid and liquid phases. On the other hand, if this honey is accompanied by oak-oak mielatos, the honey will be darker. As a consequence, its aroma will be less sweet and with more marked salty notes, malted aromas. It will also have less tendency to crystallize.
Heather honey will contain mostly heather pollen, Erica Sp in its scientific name. However, we can also find some fabaceae, crsitaceae, blackberry and asteraceae pollen.
g) Useful life
By useful life, we mean preferential consumption. Therefore, at the moment in which this honey would lose some of its properties and could exceed 40 mg/Kg of MHF.
Its useful life is 2 years from the moment of packaging.
h) Destination population
This honey is suitable for everyone. In the case of children under the age of two, medical supervision is recommended.
2. Benefits and properties
Heather honey is a natural product very beneficial for health. A product that brings us great health benefits. These benefits are due to two reasons of the constitution of the honey.
Firstly, honey provides very beneficial properties due to its high sugar concentration and enzyme content. The second reason is because of the components provided by heather nectar itself.
In summary, we are going to indicate the following effects that this honey has, according to numerous sources that we have found both researchers and doctors:
Urinary system: helps clean the urinary system and therefore reduces the chances of infection. According to numerous scientific articles, this honey helps to eliminate cystitis, a type of infection of the urinary system.
Prostate: I haven’t found any scientific research here that certifies this. However, I have many clients who have been recommended by their doctor. They have a very positive effect.
In short, honey is a natural product that has been used for millennia for many different health uses. However, as Spanish law indicates, it is not a medicine.
3. Recommendations for Heather Honey
Heather honey is a honey less sweet and with greater aroma, ideal for people who do not want to give such a sweet flavor to their dishes.
The great cooks recommend the honey of Heather to pair with citrus fruits, in the elaboration of fish dishes and in pastries, like: cakes, biscuits and muffins. It is also ideal to combine with spicy and spicy dishes.
Raw heather honey can take a long time to crystallize, as it is a honey with a lower glucose content and rich in minerals, two factors that delay its crystallization. However, its crystallization will be influenced by the content of other nectars and myelates.
Our heather honey is obtained from several beekeepers, which are as follows:
Antonio Simón: Beekeeper located in Madrid who provides us with organic heather honey.
Apícola Moreno: Beekeeper located in a village in La Alcarria, Brihuega.
Rancho Cortesano: Beekeeper who provides us with organic heather honey from Cádiz.
We know these beekeepers well. We have visited their facilities, their beehives and extraction sites in order to ensure the seriousness in the elaboration of their products. Consequently they offer us with all guarantee of quality and completely natural honeys.
Heather is found in most European countries. However, the varieties of heather are different from the Spanish one. Also, countries such as Norway, and the north of the United Kingdom, exactly, are very well known for their heather honeys.
Furthermore, in European countries it is easy to find this honey in supermarkets such as: Tesco, Sainsburys, Asda, Waitrose, M&S, Holland and Barret.