Big-up the Bees! Why we love local honey.

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Give it up for the bees, more specifically Brightwell Bees, our lovely local honey supplier.

Beekeepers Viv and Steve Moll have been running Brightwell Bees since 2009 and have hives across South Oxfordshire and West Berkshire. As well as honey, they work with their bees to produce beeswax candles, blocks and polish.

But, for us, it’s all about their delicious honey. Here are some of the the reasons we love it so much:

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Viv and Steve are based in Brightwell cum Sotwell, a mere 3 miles from the Cultivate farm, and 11 miles from Oxford. Honey bees from a single honeybee colony will forage up to 3 miles from their hive, so next time you see a honeybee in your garden it may well be one of Brightwell’s.

 

 

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Brightwell honey is cold extracted straight from the hives: unlike commercial honey it hasn’t been heat-treated, so still contains its full complement of enzymes and antioxidants. Once extracted it then flows from the honey spinner through a strainer (like a plate size tea strainer) which simply removes remaining parts of honey comb. Any naturally occurring pollen grains in the honey comb will be in the jarred honey so you’re getting the product almost exactly as it exists in the beehive.

3. It tastes fantastic

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We stock both their soft set spring honey and the clear summer honey. The soft set is a smooth floral honey with a fresh spring blossom taste and is perfect for spreading on warm crusty bread or croissants. The clear summer honey is ideal for adding to overnight oats or yoghurt.

4. It’s versatile

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Honey has many fantastic uses, pop it on a cut or scrape and it can be used as an antiseptic or add some ground almonds and lemon and you’ve got an awesome facial scrub. But what we really love the various ways you can eat it. We’ve found some great recipes featuring this golden delight including balsamic, honey roasted cabbage steaks; honey-roasted cinnamon chickpeas and for a cheeky treat why not try out this Bee’s Knees honey cocktail.

If you’re loving honey as much as we are head down to any of our weekly stops to pick up your jar.