Why Our Honey?
The quality of raw honey, like wine, is influenced by variety of important factors, but none more so than the blossom from which the honey is made. The flower is to natural honey as the grape is to wine. The sugar content of nectar varies from flower to flower, and is impacted greatly by weather. Therefore, each raw honey varietal has a different floral source, is from a certain vintage, and pairs with some foods better than others. Here is what makes our raw, natural, & organic honey varietals different from what you will normally find on your grocery shelf:
Our Raw Honey Is Produced from Rare Blossoms
The ‘Ohi’a Lehua blossom is only grown in Hawaii. Organic raw honey made from its nectar has a mild taste and creamy texture that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Hawaii is also one of the few locations in the world where Macadamia trees grow. And, the Christmasberry blossom, from which our organic Wilelaiki raw honey is made, is difficult to find outside of South America.
Our Raw Honeys are Single-Floral
Do you prefer blended or varietal wine? Have you considered this question with respect to natural honey? Much honey that is on grocery shelves is blended to provide a consistent (and we think, bland) taste. However, each of our three varieties of raw honey is made from the nectar of a single type of flower which carries straight through to the flavor of the honey. Our three single-floral raw honeys each look, taste and smell distinct. Click here to compare our three raw honey varietals.
Our Raw Natural Honey is Unheated and Unfiltered
Our raw organic honey is unheated and unfiltered to preserve the natural sugars and enzymes necessary for full-bodied flavor and complete nutrition. Much of the honey you will find on grocery shelves has been heated to extremely high temperatures and ultra-filtered to make it easier to handle and to extend its shelf life but at the expense of taste and nutrition.
It's Certified Organic Honey...
Our organic Lehua and Wilelaiki varietal honeys meet the three main requirements to be organic: 1) Our nectar comes from flowers that are pesticide and insecticide free; 2) we only use organic compounds to care for our bees; and 3) we package our honey to meet organic standards.
...from the pristine island of Hawaii
Our bees forage for nectar in one of the most pristine places on the planet...the island of Hawaii. And, if it wasn’t enough that the environment was pure and natural, we take our bees to forage in some of the most remote and beautiful parts of the island…the lush 'Ohi'a forest...on cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean...in macadamia nut tree groves...from which the bees collect nectar from one floral source resulting in intense flavors.
We are Raw Honey Artisans!
To us, each jar of natural raw honey is like a work of art, taking months and painstaking care. At every stage, our 4th generation beekeeper focuses on quality and purity so you can enjoy the finest artisanal raw honey available.
Our Bees are Macrobiotic
In other words, they eat seasonally! Depending on the time of year, we move our bees to the areas where flowers are blooming (these areas are called "honey flows") where they eat and collect ripe, seasonal nectar.
Because of the year round warm weather in Hawaii, there are always honey flows at different times of the year. Other apiaries, particularly those in cold climates, may feed their bees sugar solutions for part of the year.