This honey varietal derived primarily from vine maple (Acer circinatum) and scotch broom (Cytisus scoparius) nectar was harvested in mid-May at our Siletz apiary near Siletz, OR. This honey has a rich, buttery nut flavor with a lingering pollen taste. 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.
Our Siletz apiary is at Gibson Farms where our bees pollinate 20 acres of blueberry bushes in the early spring. The first bushes in the patch were planted in 1948, and the farm has been under the management of the same family for almost 70 years. Gibson Farms is surrounded by pastureland, riparian areas, and regenerating forest with significant populations of vine maple and scotch broom. The bees don’t generally make surplus honey out of blueberry nectar, but toward the tail end of the blueberry pollination period, they tend to forage in the surrounding area and produce some extra honey.
Vine maple (Acer circinatum) is a large, native shrub that can form impenetrable thickets. It blooms in late April to early May with small, red flowers. Often wet Oregon spring weather prevents bees from producing an abundant vine maple honey crop, but the flowers are a good nectar and pollen source if bees can fly to access them.
Scotch broom (Cytisus scoparius) is a non-native, invasive species originally introduced as a nitrogen-fixing agroforestry cover crop. It turned out that scotch broom actually exudes a chemical into the soil that retards the growth of other species, and scientists and landowners have been trying to eradicate it and/or manage its spread for decades. Scotch broom flowers are proportionally best suited to bumble bee pollination, so they can be somewhat injurious to honeybees. As honeybees exit the nectar cavity, the flower bumps them in the back and dumps a load of pollen on them so that when they get back to the hive, they’re a little beat up and look like they’re covered in Cheeto dust. The scotch broom pollen is likely the strongest flavor element in this honey varietal.
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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