Posted: Apr 02 2015

Honey, like olive oil and wine, is indicative of place and time. In fact, it is because of these pollinators that we are able to harvest the fruit of olive trees and grape vines to produce oil and wine. 

While hives can be moved from one location to the next, each bee is by no means contained to a specific area and its pollinating journey unmapped. However, positioning hives in a specific area, say an avocado orchard or amidst a grove of orange trees, results in honey produced from a single type of flower -- known as monofloral or single flower honey. 

Single floral honeys can differ in color, taste, and aroma between seasons and even when collected from the same location. Dramatic variations exist between regions due in part to the bees' pollination of flowers, and as a direct result of geological and environmental composition of the land producing those flowers. Alfalfa honey from California will taste different from Idaho alfalfa honey, or Colorado alfalfa honey.

Massey Honey Co. offers a number of monofloral and polyfloral honey varietals produced throughout Southern California, specifically Los Angeles and Orange counties, collected from urban environments. The sustainable efforts of this family-owned company produce high-quality, unique, raw artisanal honey while supporting the honeybee population through urban apiaries. 

Shop alfalfa, avocado, blackberry blossom, orange blossom, and wildflower (polyfloral) honeys at Garibaldi Goods. And try these suggestions for new ways to use your favorite honey. 

  • Pair stronger honeys (buckwheat, sage or alfalfa) with chicken and waffles 
  • Warm with toasted walnuts in a small saucepan, and spoon over vanilla ice cream
  • Serve alongside cream scones and thick, salted European butter
  • Stir into brown rice porridge with raspberries and pistachios
  • Drizzle over fresh ricotta, heaped onto whole grain toast
  • Shake over ice with fresh lemon juice and gin
  • Brush into split buttermilk biscuits layered with cold, sliced ham and whole grain mustard
  • Stir into hot water with sliced lemons and mint for an aromatic, fresh tea

For more information on Massey Honey Co. visit their producer website here.

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