The rolling countryside of the Cotswolds has traditionally yielded some of Britain’s best farmland. It is also an area where environmental consciousness is gaining new ground. Many farms are turning their backs on modern monocultural practice, returning to more traditional land management. This offers both honeybees and wild pollinators a rich mosaic of forage; from flowering trees and hedgerows to wildflower strips sown in the margins of fields and the crops which they help pollinate. Only the surplus honey is ever harvested, leaving the colony with plentiful winter stores. The honey is extracted using a simple centrifuge. Never blended or heated above the natural hive temperature, it is minimally filtered in a traditional process that removes excess wax whilst preserving all of the honey’s natural flavours, aromatics and micro-nutrients including the pollens.
Enlightened Cotswold farmers are taking their land back to more traditional management and this honey is produced in areas rich with flowering native trees and mixed hedgerows. The fields are sown with wild flower strips and careful crop rotation nurtures both the soil and the wildlife, supporting an ever-increasing biodiversity. This honey is the bees’ own elegant fusion of wild forage (including bramble, elderflower, rosebay willowherb, white clover, lime, chestnut and cherry) and the crops including borage and field beans which they help to pollinate.
Flavour Notes: Hedgerow flowers, bramble, wild rose, elderflower, lime. Pairing ideas: Porridge, toast. Wonderful with soft white bread. Perfect for sweetening hot or cold herb teas. Use to embellish fresh ricotta, baked peaches, apricot compote, elderflower fritters. Pair with yoghurt and artisan cheeses; setting tart notes against the honey’s golden sweetness.
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