This honey varietal derived primarily from poison-oak (Toxicodendron diversilobum) and wild blackberry (Rubus bifrons) nectar was harvested in early June at our Cardwell Hill apiary near Philomath, OR. This honey has a mellow, earthy, butterscotch flavor. It includes small amounts of poison-oak pollen. It is available in 8-ounce (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.
We have two apiaries in the Cardwell Hill area, but this honey comes from our old home property. Henry keeps his queen mother breeder colonies just up the hill from the house, so they’re easily accessible. He uses larvae from these hives to graft new queens every week throughout the spring and summer.
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 bees farther west as the site dries up.
Poison-oak (Toxicodendron diversilobum) is one of the dominant understory species in the area and grows unsupported up to 12 feet tall or will vine up trees to at least 50 feet. Poison-oak has white, star-shaped flowers that hang in grape-like clusters. The species is so dense in this area that our hives generally produce surplus honey while the poison-oak is blooming in May if the weather permits foraging. The oils in the leaves and stems of the plant can cause dermatitis, but the bees are unaffected.
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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