Ling Heather honey is reddish/orange to dark amber. It has a slightly bitter, tangy, pungent, smokey, mildly sweet taste that persists for a long time. It has a strong distinctive woody, warm, floral, fresh fruit aroma reminiscent of heather flowers.
The crystallisation rate is quite slow and in early stages results in a smooth light-coloured mass, and if very pure, it may not crystallise at all. Some beekeepers feel that the purest Heather Honey comes from higher moors (British Bee Journal April 4, 1912).
SCOTTISH HEATHER HONEYCOMB 200g
Comb honey is honey intended for consumption which is still contained within its original hexagonal-shaped beeswax cells, called honeycomb. It is eaten as produced by honey bees and has received no processing, filtering, or manipulation.
Before the invention of the honey extractor almost all honey produced was in the form of comb honey. Today, most honey is produced for extraction but comb honey remains popular among consumers both for eating ‘as is’ and for combining with extracted honey to make chunk honey.
Hobbyists and sideliners can develop their beekeeping skills by producing comb honey, which takes more rigorous attention to beekeeping than the production of extracted honey. Comb honey production is more suitable for areas with an intense prolonged honey flow from eucalyptus, alfalfa, alsike, and yellow clover.
Wooded areas are not as suitable for comb honey production, as bees tend to collect more propolis, making the harvesting of comb honey more difficult. This problem has been largely circumvented with the adoption of specialized frames, such as the Ross Round frame, which prevent the accumulation of propolis on saleable units.
What does it go with?
1. COMB WITH CHEESE
Pair your heather honey comb with any type of cheese you’d like for a quick snack or a party tray. If you’re hosting, try this beautiful and easy cheese plate with a few simple ingredients. Spoon your Honey & Comb on top and impress all your dinner guests!
2. SPREAD ON BREAD
Because of the unique texture of the comb, your honey will easily spread over your toast in a thick layer without the drip. Try layering your Honey & Comb over toast, scones, or on a baguette. You can even add meats or cheeses to make a sweet and savory sandwich.
3. REINVENT YOUR SALAD
The Food Network suggests topping your arugula salad with crumbled goat cheese and hunks of honeycomb. Adding that extra bite of honey might just take your at-home salads to the next level. Instead of drizzling with honey, add drops of honeycomb on top.
4. COMB IN BATTER
Pancakes, scones, and waffles with honey chunks? Yes, please. Saveur magazine says they use their honeycomb mixed into scone batter before baking. They also fold honeycomb into ricotta and serve over pancakes and waffles.
5. SIMPLY COMB
Remember, one of the most delicious ways to enjoy honeycomb is simply by itself. Take a spoon and dig in! We hope you enjoy!
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