Raw Chestnut honey is a silky, dark amber honey with the distinct floral, nutty taste of chestnut with the fragrance of chestnut flowers. Our Chestnut honey comes from the sweet Chestnut tree or Castanea Sativa. Chestnut honey can range from very dark and bitter to milder and sweeter depending on the proportion of Chestnut honeydew and other flower nectars. We have selected a Raw Chestnut Honey with a more diverse flavour containing Chestnut, Glossy Buckthorn and Blackberry from the forest of the North of Portugal an area of pristine beauty and purity.
For all of you who use honey to sweeten your drinks, Chestnut honey is perfect in coffee, it complements the taste of coffee with a lovely nutty flavour. Its also adds a wonderful festive touch to Christmas desserts and glazes.
Chestnut honey is a honeydew honey, not a nectar honey, known for its antioxidant properties. Honeydew is rich in Oligosaccharides and is made by bees foraging on sweet aphid secretions, where aphids have first fed on the sap of the trees or even fruits. Owing to the composition of its sugars (low in glucose) it tends not to crystallize easily and stays runny longer.
FEB 2017 Update.
Honey and Crystallization. Unseasonably cold temperatures in both the UK and Portugal ( freezing temperatures in the Algarve) has seen rapid crystallization of many honeys. If your honey is set hard, you can loosen it up by placing it in a pan of hand hot water, (and repeat as necessary) using a spoon placed in hot water first and of course storing it in a sunny/warm place in the house.