This honey varietal derived primarily from meadowfoam (Limnanthes alba Benth.) nectar was harvested in late May at our Orleans apiary near Corvallis, OR. It is available in 8-ounce (BPA-free) plastic squeeze bottles. The harvest date, apiary location, and primary nectar source(s) are written on the label.
Orleans, OR, situated between Corvallis and Albany, is more of a crossroads than a full-fledged town. Apparently it used to be an important steamboat stop in the Willamette Valley but was destroyed in the flood of 1861, which also moved the main course of the Willamette River to the west. Orleans was never rebuilt, and only the Orleans cemetery and a church remain there today.
Our Orleans apiary is on ground farmed by Lee Gilmour, a young farmer whom Henry met through his volunteer work as a director of the Benton Soil and Water Conservation District. The site has reasonably well drained but moist soil, and this year, it grew a great meadowfoam seed crop.
Meadowfoam (Limnanthes alba Benth.) is a low, almost succulent-like plant native to Oregon and California that naturally grows in vernal pools. If you’ve ever driven through the Willamette Valley in June, you’ve probably noticed blindingly white fields of meadowfoam in bloom. Nearly all commercially produced meadowfoam seed is grown in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. After the seed is harvested in early summer, it is pressed into an oil that is mostly used in cosmetics.
Meadowfoam honey is widely known for its strong vanilla and/or marshmallow flavors. Most commercially available meadowfoam honey is extracted after the blackberry bloom, so it can be more subdued and marshmallowy. This honey was field extracted during the meadowfoam bloom and has an intense vanilla and root beer flavor.
We never heat our honey over natural hive temperatures (under 100°), 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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