Heather honey comes from heather flowers. Heather is a bush that grows on the plains, slopes, hillsides, hillsides and rocky outcrops of mountainous areas. It blooms in summer, with the possibility of extending flowering at the end of summer in lower altitude areas, so the new heather harvest always starts in the middle and end of summer.
Heather honey harvest is variable, as its flowering is often early and irregular. It is also very sensitive to long periods of drought and rainfall.
This honey has an amber colour and when it crystallizes it takes on a much more brownish colour, with clearly reddish tones.
This raw heather honey has a very intense and persistent aroma, especially in the retrosanal, and it is reminiscent of deciduous forests in autumn, humus and mushrooms. When tasting it, salty notes and marked bitter components can be appreciated, with more or less intensity depending on the type of heather and its purity.
Video from heather plant
If this honey is accompanied by some blackberry honey, it will have greater humidity, acidic notes and a tendency to crystallize with separation of the solid and liquid phases. If this honey were accompanied by oak myelates, it would be darker, with more marked salty notes, malty aromas and less tendency to crystallize.
Benefits and properties
The honey of heather, like all honeys, has some characteristics common to them, it has bactericidal and disinfectant properties due to its low concentration of water and its content of enzymes, invertase.
The heather flower, a medicinal plant, confers specific properties on this honey. This honey is rich in antioxidants and antiseptic components, highly recommended for people with heart problems such as coronary heart failure, arrhythmias, heart disease, angina pectoris and stroke. In addition, due to its antiseptic properties, it prevents stone formation and inflammation in the bladder, kidney and urethra.
This honey, being a very dark honey, contains a large amount of minerals, so it is recommended for people with fatigue, anemia and lack of appetite.
Recommendations for Heather Honey
Heather honey is a less sweet and more aromatic honey, ideal for people who do not want to give a sweet taste to their dishes.
The great cooks recommend Heather honey for pairing with citrus fruits, in the preparation of fish dishes and in pastries, such as 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 lower glucose content and rich in minerals, two factors that delay its crystallization. However, its crystallisation will be influenced by the content of other nectars and myelates.
Our heather honey comes from two beekeepers, one from a village in Guadalajara, Brihuega and the other from Cádiz. We know these beekeepers well, we have visited their facilities, their beehives and places of extraction in order to ensure the seriousness in the development of their products and that they offer us with a guarantee of quality and completely natural honey.