Pumpkin Blossom Honey (Cucurbita pepo) is typically harvested in late August at our partner apiary in Oregon. Pumpkins produce both a male and female flower. The male flower blossoms first, followed by the female blossom. Bees are attracted to the sweet nectar of these flowers and play a significant role in pollination. Without them we would have far fewer pumpkins to carve! These blossoms were originally pollinated by the native squash bee, however that population is in a significant decline due to pesticides and other chemicals.
Pumpkin Blossom is a very rare varietal that is warm and earthy with notes of vanilla and black pepper. There is an unmistakably clear taste of sweet roasted squash that comes through with each bite.
If you are looking for a savory and unforgettable taste in your food Raw Pumpkin Blossom honey is the added ingredient you have been missing. Slather it all over your roasting squash or enhance your warm autumnal beverage with this perfect touch of sweetness.
Thinking of gifting this warming 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.
Like all raw honey, Pumpkin 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. Consumption of Pumpkin Blossom honey can also help with an overactive bladder and urination problems.
How do you use Pumpkin Blossom Honey? Let us know in the comments!