This honey varietal derived primarily from Chittum (Rhamnus purshiana) nectar was harvested in early July at our Cardwell Hill apiary near Philomath, OR. The chittum nectar gives this honey an earthy, toasted malt flavor and dark color. It is available in 8 oz (BPA-free) plastic squeeze bottles and 22 oz glass jars. The harvest date, apiary location, and primary nectar source(s) are written on the label.
Our Cardwell Hill apiary is located in Wren, OR, and Henry keeps his potential breeder queen colonies there. He evaluates the hives’ mite levels and mite resistance throughout the spring. After harvesting a honey crop, the colonies with the lowest mite levels are integrated into his queen-rearing program.
The site is located at about 1,000 feet elevation in the foothills of the Oregon Coast Range. In the spring, there are ample nectar and pollen resources from a diverse understory, but lack of soil moisture limits summer nectar flow, so Henry moves the bees farther west as the site dries up. The nectar flow usually peaks when the weather warms up, and the chittum and blackberry bloom periods overlap. This year, the blackberries in this area didn’t produce much nectar at all due to lack of moisture, so this is an unusually monofloral batch of just chittum honey.
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.
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