Zeke Freeman
Written by Zeke Freeman

Raw Honey Spotlight: Oregon Maple Blossom

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This Oregon Maple Blossom (Acer macrophyllum), known as the Big Leaf Maple, blooms with flowers full of sweet nectar that pollinators and people relish. The western maple is native to western North America specifically near the pacific coast. This plant flourishes in moist soil which is why it is seen near streams or bodies of water.

It has the aroma of new, unfurling leaves and the sweet dampness of last year's soil underfoot and the sweet mouthwatering rush that is nothing like the syrup, yet unmistakably maple. It is a medium bodied honey and its color ranges from amber to light amber when crystallized. When crystallized it's crystal structure is very coarse and chunky, which enhances the honey's earthy notes.

If you are in the mood for fruit this honey is perfect, especially with a Winesap apple or fresh peaches. Slather it all over your pancakes or pair it with a bloomy-rind cheese like Brie or Camembert.

A few dish suggestions with this delicious hone include a mouth watering Maple Honey Grapefruit Salad, Honey Candied Bacon and Peach Crumble.

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Thinking of gifting this buttery sweet honey? Our 4 Autumn Varietal Honey Flight includes a vial that only enhances the wonderful fall flavors that this gift evokes. The Limited Edition Harvest Trio will transport you to a pumpkin patch and hay-bale maze with 5.4oz jars of three fall favorites.

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Like all raw honey, Maple Blossom honey has several well established health benefits. For centuries people have turned to raw honey for the topical treatment of minor wounds and burns, and as an antibacterial agent to promote overall health. Raw honey has antioxidants and contains helpful trace elements and minerals, such as cobalt, copper, iodine, iron, magnesium and phosphorus. Parents looking for natural remedies have used sage honey to control excessive sweating and turned to its smooth, thick texture to soothe sore throats.

how do you use Maple Blossom Honey? Let us know in the comments!

Topics: Raw Honey Spotlight