Harris : Wild Blackberry & Chittum

$ 8.00

This honey varietal derived primarily from wild blackberry (Rubus bifrons and Rubus vestitus) and chittum (Rhamnus purshiana) nectar was harvested in mid July in the Oregon Coast Range near Philomath. It is available in 8 oz (BPA-free) plastic squeeze bottles or 22 oz glass jars. The harvest date, apiary location, and primary nectar source(s) are written on the label. 

This apiary is located near the Marys River upstream from the Harris Covered Bridge between the community of Harris and the town of Blodgett. The Harris Covered Bridge opened in 1936 and continues to this day as a functional and scenic landmark. Harris Road is a popular bike route, and nearby Harris Bridge Vineyard brings a lot of visitors out to the area.

The apiary is on the eastern edge of the Oregon Coast Range, so it’s in more of an oak-fir mixed woodland as opposed to our more western locations that are fir-, alder-, and hemlock-dominant. The spot also has a significant population of snowberry, knapweed, poison-oak, and minor wildflowers. 

Himalayan blackberry (Rubus bifrons) and European blackberry (Rubus vestitus) are non-native, naturalized species that are widespread in the area. They fruit prolifically in late summer.

Chittum (Rhamnus purshiana), also know as cascara or cascara buckthorn, is a large shrub or small tree that grows abundantly in our area. The name chittum comes from a Chinook jargon term derived from English for the laxative properties of the bark. Chittum has a sustained bloom from April until as late as June, and its small, inconspicuous, green flowers have easily accessible nectaries. It is a critical nectar flow for the bee colonies’ spring buildup in Western Oregon.

We never heat our honey over natural hive temperatures, and we only filter it minimally, so it may include pollen, small wax particles, and the occasional bee bit. All natural honey will solidify eventually. To liquify, place the jar in a bowl of warm (not boiling) water. Our honeys are never flavored or infused with added ingredients. The varietal names indicate the primary nectar source plants the bees were foraging on at the time of surplus honey production.

If you intend to buy this honey as a gift, please include a note for the recipient at checkout.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about this or any of our other products, oldbluerawhoney@gmail.com.

Shipping: Honey will be mailed USPS Priority within 3 business days of purchase and should arrive 2-3 days later. 

Bottle Size Quantity Shipping Cost
8 oz. (plastic) 1-3 $7
8 oz. (plastic) 4-15


22 oz glass jar 1-6 $13

At this time, we are unable to ship internationally. 

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