Welcome to Hitchin Honey.
Local honey is a wonderful thing, it supports the local environment by boosting the numbers of bees that in turn pollinate the local flowers and trees. The flowers and trees in turn produce seeds and fruit which produce more wildflowers and fruit that our wildlife so dearly needs.
Honey was the first sweetener that was used for baking, mead making and for eating raw when a boost of energy was needed. Today, honey is still used in those ways but it also is taken to alleviate hay fever.
Local honey uniquely contains pollens from the local flowers and trees that have been visited by our honeybees, so our honey contains all the natural pollens locally found in and around Hitchin.
Each honeybee hive produces a subtly different favour of honey which is totally dependant on the flowers and trees that the bees had been collecting the nectar from. Here in North Hertfordshire we are lucky to be close to the countryside but equally near towns and villages. In the early season our bees will be primarily feeding in gardens and on fruit trees, then they move on to hedgerows for blackthorn and hawthorn, in May they forage on commercial crops of OSR, field beans, borage etc that they can find. Towards the later part of summer, Lime trees (Linden), brambles, clover and other flowering trees make up their dietary requirements.
Honeybees will work different forage and this leads to the each hive having a delicious honey that is unique to itself.
When we process the honey from our hives, the honey from each hive is kept seperate to maintain its distinct taste and flavour. The only exception is our softset honey which is a blend of oil seed rape honey and any one of our runny honeys.