This honey has been collected from the beehives that are on the Oxburgh Estate. They are situated on the Wash Pit Field (number 15 on the website map), where honey bees have been kept for many years. David & Irene, of Berberis House Apiary, own the hives & care for the bees. They harvest, extract and package the honey twice each year. The majority of the finished jars of the honey is then delivered to the Oxburgh Estate shop for sale to the visitors.
The honey is commonly referred to as either RAW or PURE as it is not blended or heated and literally gets extracted from the hive, and poured into the jars. The honey receives minimal straining and temperatures do not exceed the normal temperature of the hive.
Our bees collect nectar from the trees & flowers local to the area & although they can fly much further, are unlikely to travel more than 2Km from the hive, due to the abundance of foraging available on the Estate. The flavour and consistency of the honey will depend on the time of year that it was harvested and of course, on where the bees chose to forage.
This honey will keep for a long time but, due to the nature of pure honey, even the liquid form will crystallise eventually. Keeping the honey refrigerated will rapidly speed up this process and ideally it should be kept at 20 degrees Celsius and in a dark cupboard. Please refer to the label on the rear of the honey jar.
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