Place of origin: Big Island, Hawaii, USA
Looking for a unique taste of Hawaii that’s local, seasonal, organic and downright delicious?
Try Big Island Bees Honey. This is single-source honey, meaning the bees collect nectar and pollen from a single type of flower. Each blossom’s flavor profile is a marriage of the plant variety, the soil, the rainfall, and the temperature. And each gives the honey a distinct flavor, color, and texture. The Big Island Bee Company is savvy enough to let the bees perform their magic and do very little processing of their finished product. Once you enjoy these honeys, it’ll be difficult to return to bland store-bought varieties.
Big Island sells three decidedly different honeys: Wilelaiki (or Christmas berry) 100% Organic Honey is a golden amber with a silky-smooth texture with light floral notes that linger on the tongue. One reviewer said she could “almost see the flower” from tasting this light, floral honey. This would be an excellent honey to drizzle over warm pears. Or use a little of it to make a light, sweet dressing for fresh greens.
O’hia Lehua Blossom 100% Organic Honey is a white, cream-styole honey. O’hia Lehua crystallizes within a few weeks of being extracted, so this honey will likely be semi-solid when you receive it. Heat it gently. It still retains a natural, slightly gritty texture (it’s honey with tooth) that would go great on an English muffin. Or try it mixed with some softened butter or some quality peanut butter for a delectable spread.
Macadamia Nut Blossom is a hearty honey that doesn’t back down! It features a deep richness and an almost woody/floral flavor. This honey, the orange color of an autum sunset, offers a fragrant afterglow that made one of our reviewers keep licking her lips for just one last taste. We’d recommend this robust honey for savory applications such as a glaze for roast chicken or meat. Or just slather it on your toast or pancakes and enjoy with your favorite cup of coffee or tea.
The Big Island Bee Company, LLC
Reviewed by BH/AW