Unique West Coast Honey
Enjoy these unique wild honeys!!
Northwestern Meadowfoam Honey
As part of our ongoing interest in the genus Limnanthes, we are now happy to offer "Meadowfoam Honey." Produced in Central Oregon from fields of the foamy white flowers of Limnanthes alba, which is also native to northern California and the Pacific northwest, this honey is prized by chefs, brewers, tea-drinkers, and more. It is rated Number One on Sunset Magazine's "Top 5 West Coast Honeys List," and is described as: "sporting a serious toasted marshmallow flavor up front, and finishing with a mellow vanilla dissolving on your tongue." We were skeptical, but it's true! This complex honey is hard to resist.
Paired with a packet of meadowfoam seeds and/or our meadowfoam seed oil, this condiment makes a unique and pleasing gift.
California Toyon Honey
This honey, sometimes but not always available, is made from the nectar of Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia),a hardy, evergreen shrub found throughout California. It is a smoky, nutty treat. The flavor is thought by some to resemble toasted hazelnuts.
Toyon is a widely adaptable useful large shrub or small tree used for hedges and specimen trees. It is the City Tree of Los Angeles. From a distance, it can sometimes be mistaken for a smaller version of Coast Live Oak, with a similar form. White flowers in summer are followed by deep crimson berries. Toyon feeds many different insects and birds.
California Spring Wildflower Honey
California Spring Wildflower Honey is a blend of wild nectars producing an aromatic full-bodied honey, light and crisp. A sweet reminder of California's beloved flower fields.
When baking, substitute 3/4 cup honey or a bit less for every cup of sugar.
Black Button Sage Honey
Coastal California’s scrubland and chaparral plant communities are home to Black Button Sage which earns its cute nickname from the pillowy “buttons” of purple flowerets that grow on its tall stalks. Since only a few of the flowerets bloom at one time on each stem, this native plant provides a consistent nectar source for honeybees from February through June.
The sages, or salvias as some know them, are famous for their ubiquitous variety of scents. Black Button Sage has one of the finest fragrances of all, an enveloping, velvety rich bouquet. This sage requires an especially arid habitat with as much early spring rain as possible in order to thrive, making this a very unique and rare honey.
Black Button Sage honey’s exemplary characteristics include a golden-white color, non-crystalizing quality, and delightfully light floral flavor with a hint of pear, making it a highly sought-after treat by beekeepers and honey lovers alike.