After we harvest the Wildflower Autumn Honey, we truck our bees to Florida (the orange blossom is the state flower) and set up apiaries in orange groves.
The unique and extraordinary flavor of our orange blossom honey is because it is derived from the nectar of the following orange blossoms: Ambersweet, Hamlin, Navel, Red Navel, Parson Brown, Pineapple, Temple and Valencia.
Throughout history, orange blossoms have been used in other contexts excluding honey. A popular use of orange blossoms were in the Victorians bridal bouquets, headpieces, or dresses. This was done based on the orange blossom's representation of chastity, purity, and bearing children. This custom was brought over from China to England in the early 1800's and was used by Queen Victoria in her bridal wreath. After that, entwining orange blossoms became a staple part of bridal wreaths and was even said so in very influential etiquette journals of the 19th century. Due to this high demand of orange blossoms, wax replicas of the Florida state flower were used instead.
Raw Orange Blossom Honey
If you are planning to buy orange blossom honey for its health-benefits, it must be raw orange blossom honey. Heating honey (pasteurization) destroys the all of the pollen, enzymes, propolis, vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants, minerals, and aromatics. Honey that has been heated and filtered is called commercial, liquid or regular honey.
"But if raw honey is so good for you, and heating it kills all the good stuff, why heat it?"
The reason is that the majority of Americans prefer the convenience of being able to spoon, pour or squeeze honey from a bottle onto their cereal or into their tea.
In addition, liquid or regular honey is clearer, easier to measure or spread than raw honey and many people think that honey that has crystallized is spoiled so they discard it. Honey that has been heated will not crystallize as fast as raw honey.
Although we specialize in raw orange blossom honey, we also offer regular orange blossom honey for those who prefer it.
Our raw orange blossom honey is unheated, unpasteurized, unfiltered, unprocessed unblended and in the same condition as it was in the hive.