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Raw Honey Spotlight: What Is Varietal Honey?

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One hundred percent raw, real varietal honey.

Sounds good, right? But what does it mean? The raw part is easy: raw honey has not been processed, heated or filtered. (You could just as well call it unadulterated, but that didn’t fit on our jar.)

In other words, raw honey comes straight from the hive. It can be strained to remove large particles and other non-honey elements, but the honey itself, including the pollen, remains.

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Topics: Insider, Raw Honey, Beekeepers

Baking with Honey: Substitute Honey for Sugar with 7 Simple Rules

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Maybe you tried raw honey for the first time, and maybe you fell in love and took some home. Months later, maybe the jar you purchased is sitting in the back corner of a cupboard, neglected and slowly crystallizing (which, for the record, is a good thing).

If this sounds familiar, we can help. What do you do with raw honey? So many things, but one of our favorites: bake with it.

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Topics: Insider, Raw Honey, Honey Recipes, Baking with Honey

Raw Honey Spotlight: North Carolina Sourwood Honey

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Deep in the foothills of Appalachia, when weather conditions are just right, honeybees make one of the rarest of American treasures: North Carolina Sourwood Honey. We love it not just because it’s rare, but because it takes the honey tasting experience to new heights, with unmatched complexity and pairing potential. Sourwood has mythic status, thrilling connoisseurs and winning international awards all while singing the sweet song of the American South.

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Topics: Insider, Raw Honey, Honey Recipes, Honey Cocktails, Cheese and Honey, North Carolina Sourwood Honey, Southern Belles

Raw Honey Spotlight: California Wild Black Sage Honey

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California honey or liquid sunshine? Whatever you call it, the West Coast has it, made by bees living the good life. And right in the center of of the state, tucked in the San Joaquin Valley between coastal ranges and the Sierra Nevada, happy honeybees produce one of our all-time favorites: California Wild Black Sage Honey.

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Topics: Insider, Raw Honey, Honey Recipes, Honey Cocktails, Cheese and Honey, California Honey, California Wild Black Sage Honey

Varietal Spotlight: New York Basswood Honey

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New York Basswood Honey doesn’t reveal its secrets all in one go. To taste this varietal is to experience conflicting flavor notes all at once: delicate and biting, warm and cooling, clean and perfume-like. The rewards grow with every bite, eventually revealing a subtle floral character that lends itself to a wide range of pairings. Mild-mannered maybe, but never boring.

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Topics: Insider, Raw Honey, Honey Recipes, Honey Cocktails, Cheese and Honey, New York Honey, Basswood Honey, New York Basswood

Varietal Spotlight: Maine Blueberry Honey

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To taste Maine Blueberry Honey is to take a step into the forests of New England. With a full, well-rounded flavor that reveals rich earthy components, this varietal finishes on a playful, buttery-sweet note.

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Topics: Insider, Raw Honey, Honey Recipes, Honey Cocktails, Blueberry Honey, Maine Blueberry, Cheese and Honey

How We Picnic: Our Top 5 Tips for Outdoor Eating

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It's picnic time in America. With the sun shining high and long in the sky and the weather driving us outside, we're here to share our tips for outdoor eating.

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Topics: Insider, Raw Honey, Beeswax, Entertaining, Summer, How-to, Honey Recipes, Honey Cocktails, Butchwax, Buckwheat Honey, Bug Balm

Sweeten Your Bar Game: Announcing Our Honey Cocktail eBook

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Announcing our new eBook, Sweeten Your Bar Game: The Bee Raw Guide to Honey Cocktails. Download it free and learn to create crowd-pleasing honey cocktails.

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Topics: Insider, Raw Honey, Recipes, Cocktails, How-to

High Altitude Honey: Secrets of the Mountaintop Honey Harvest

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For some, urban rooftop honey is about as high altitude as it gets. But it gets even higher. And the higher it gets, the more difficult it is to pull off making and harvesting honey. Below, long-time bee keeper Jean Vasicek shares her high-altitude secrets and what she does throughout the summer and into the fall to keep her bees alive throughout the year.

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Topics: Insider, Beekeepers, Bee Life, How-to, Protecting Bees and Pollinators

The Life of a Honeybee

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Honeybees lives in a sophisticated, well-organized society. Colonies comprise a staggering 50,000 to 60,000 bees, each performing different roles in order to help ensure the smooth running, success—and life—of their colony. The lifespan of honeybees varies, depending on the role of an individual bee within its colony.

Let's take a look at those roles and what they mean for one of the most sophisticated and organized animals on our planet.

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Topics: Insider, Bee Life, History, Save the Bees