In the country estates of Perthshire and North Fife locations can be found where oilseed rape is too far away for the bees to reach. Nestled in sheltered spots, the bees are free to bring in a delicious mix Christened by a previous Stockbridge beekeeper as ‘Premier Cru’. This mild, medium coloured and slightly nutty honey is dominated by sycamore but will also contain other spring tree flowers including bird cherry, orchard trees and hawthorn. One for those who prefer a mild and subtle flavour. Like all honeys, it may crystallise over time. Simply stand the sealed jar in hot water until it returns to a liquid or eat it in its new soft set form.
Sycamore trees have designed their dangling flowers to be protected from the rain with an umbrella of leaves. In fact, light rain helps stimulate the trees to secrete nectar and the bees may be seen flying to them in these conditions.