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Big Island Bees Honey

Three jars of Big Island Bees Honey stacked

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.

Three-jar gift pack of Big Island Bees Honey

Big Island three-jar gift pack allows you (or someone you love) to sample all the different honeys in beautiful package.

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
808-324-0295
www.bigislandbees.com

Reviewed by BH/AW



Bobbie Hasselbring, RFT Editor

RFT co-founder Bobbie Hasselbring has been a travel junkie her entire life. An award-winning writer and editor for more than 25 years and author of the regional food-travel bestsellers, The Chocolate Lover’s Guide to the Pacific Northwest and The Chocolate Lover’s Guide Cookbook, Bobbie is editor-in-chief at realfoodtraveler.com.


2 thoughts on “Big Island Bees Honey

  1. bret

    horible honey.
    1.0 out of 5 stars terrible mess, August 20, 2013

    This review is from: Big Island Bees Honey Ohia Lehua Blossom, 9-Ounce Units (Pack of 3) (Grocery)
    I have had this same honey at the Kona costco. Either this company doesn’t know how to ship or it sells an inferior product online. have ordered honey from Rare Hawaiian Honey Company many times in the past.. no problem. Large size jars from Big Island Bees and free shipping made me switch. BAD DECISION on my part. After calling and emailing was told that’s the way our product is ………… tough luck.I assure you the honey i had in kona is NOT THE HONEY THIS COMPANY SHIPPED. BUYER BEWARE. READ OTHER REVIEWS.

    1. Bobbie Hasselbring, RFT EditorBobbie Hasselbring, RFT Editor Post author

      Oh my, this isn’t good news. Well, I guess folks will just have to buy Big Island Bees Honey in Hawaii. The product we sampled was excellent. I’m sorry you have had trouble with them and am even more sorry the company wasn’t responsive. Thanks for letting us know. — Bobbie, RFT Editor

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