This honey varietal derived primarily from turnip and canola (Brassica napus) nectar was harvested in late May at our Peoria apiary near Corvallis, OR. Brassica honey has a mild, earthy pepper and dried tobacco flavor. 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.
Peoria, OR is located between Corvallis and Harrisburg on Highway 99 E along the Willamette River. It’s more of a community than a full-blown town at this time, but in the late 1800s is was a farming hub with many large-scale grain warehouses.
Brassica fields are hospitable apiary locations with abundant, high-quality forage for bees in the early spring. The hives tend to thrive on brassica fields, storing honey and growing in population. Brassica fields are showy and stunningly photogenic with their acres of bright yellow blossoms.
This honey comes from both turnip and canola (Brassica napus) nectar. Turnips and canola are the same species and have nearly identical nectar character. In the Willamette Valley, turnips are grown for vegetable seed, and this crop was farmed by Cody Younger, Henry’s friend from college. Non-GMO canola is grown for biodiesel production, and this crop was grown by Tyler Rohner. In 2008, Willamette Biomass Processors Inc. opened a biodiesel production facility in Rickreall, OR that contracts with local farmers like Tyler to grow canola and camelina (another brassica) for biofuel.
Brassica honey is notorious for crystallizing extremely quickly. Buckets of honey that we harvested just in late May were already completely solid in storage by June. You can either eat the honey crystallized, or warm it up in a water bath until it’s liquid again.
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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Shipping: Honey will be mailed USPS Priority within 3 business days of purchase and should arrive 2-3 days later.
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