From April to May these bees are surrounded by the brilliant yellow flowers of Oilseed Rape.
The bees go bonkers for it, they love it and produce honey in abundance. With a high glucose:fructose ratio the honey granulates quickly so it must be quickly harvested or it sets in the frames and the bees can't feed on it. Great news for us, as we get our first taste of the year's honey. An early spring crop of fresh, vibrant and delicious honey.
Somerset Bees' Raw Early Spring Honey
We only coarsely filter the honey so there's a lot of oilseed rape pollen left in. If you hold the jar up to the light you might see the tiny grains suspended in the honey. Good for people looking to build up a tolerance to OSR before the hayfever season starts.
We don't pasteurise our honey as this also kills good bacteria, enzymes and anti-oxidants. This honey will granulate quickly but can be made runny again by gentle heating.
Honey is not suitable for children under 18 months.