Heather Honey, sometimes called ‘The King of Honey’ or ‘The Rolls Royce of Honey’, has a world-wide reputation as a powerful antioxidant with excellent antiseptic qualities. Studies by Glasgow University’s School of Veterinary Medicine have shown that Heather Honey is as effective as Manuka Honey in treating cases of MRSA and other bacterial infections.
Our bees forage on Ling Heather in the Knockmealdowns during late August and September producing our distinctive Heather Honey. This unique and rare honey has a taste and texture like no other, which many of its fans around the world say they have developed a craving for. The dark amber colour and strong aroma are typical of Ling Heather Honey, as are the multitude of tiny air bubble which give it a characteristic sparkle.
Heather Honey is completely different to other honey. It is thixotropic, which means that it sets to a gel-like consistency, but returns to a runny state when stirred. It is also very slow to crystallize, sometimes not crystallizing at all. This gel-like consistency makes Heather Honey very difficult to extract from the comb. The only way we can harvest it is by slowly and carefully pressing it out of the comb using a specialized machine.
Honey this delicious and special is certainly worth the extra effort it takes to harvest.