Some summer honeys are light and delicate: this one is heavy and spicy. The estate the bees are on has a good number of lime trees which brings a lovely citrusy aspect to this honey but there are other flowers contributing their flavours to it as well. Lime honey usually has a greenish, brownish tinge whereas this one is a darker brown. The other flowers are from the riverbank, large gardens and pastures around the area. This is one site where a difficult decision has to made in July. Should the hives stay for the chance of some lime honey in a late summer mix or should I run for the hills in the hope of getting bell heather honey, another fickle honey crop?
This honey is in the liquid state and, if it sets into a gloopy soft set, you can return it to the liquid state by gentle warming. Don’t overdo it though or you will spoil its flavour and its other properties.