At a lovely site close to the shore of Loch of Lindores in N Fife my bees have choices when spring comes around. There are lots of willow trees around the loch to give them an early boost and plenty of sycamore and garden bulbs and other flowers around the big house. However the bees also fly a mile or two down the Cupar road or in some years across the loch to reach their favourite, oilseed rape. This mild but delicious honey has both oilseed rape and a range of other spring flowers in there. The soft set nature of this honey makes it popular with those who wish their honey to stay on the toast!
Honey with a reasonable amount of oilseed rape sets quickly so this one has been allowed to set then very gently warmed (only to the temperature within the hive) and stirred before putting in jars. That gentle two-stage process yields a honey that remains soft-set and retains all the goodness and marvellous flavour from the point the bees brought it home and turned it into honey.