Heather honey has a dark amber color. However, when it crystallizes it takes on a much more brownish colour, with clearly reddish tones.
Also, this raw heather honeyhas a very intense and persistent aroma, especially in the retrosanal. As a consequence, it reminds us of autumn deciduous forests, 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.
Heather is also a shrub that grows on plains, slopes, hills and rocky outcrops in mountainous areas. It flowers in summer, being able to extend the 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.
In addition, the heather honey harvest 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.
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Video from heather plant
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.
2. Benefits and properties
Heather honey, like all honeys, has common characteristics, bactericidal and disinfectant properties due to its low concentration of water and its content in enzymes, invertase.
The heather flower, a medicinal plant gives specific properties to this honey. This honey is rich in antioxidants and antiseptic components, highly recommended for people with heart problems such as coronary insufficiency, arrhythmias, heart disease, angina pectoris and heart attack.
In addition, due to its antiseptic properties, it prevents the formation of stones and inflammations in the bladder, kidney and urethra.
Heather honey, being a very dark honey, contains a large amount of minerals, so its consumption is recommended to people with fatigue, anemia and lack of appetite.
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.