Award Winning , Raw Serra da Estrela Mountain honey is a rich, very dark, viscous, malty, exquisitely balanced honey. This is a Raw Oak Honey with unique complexity. We feel lucky to have found this honey and think it is really special and we doubt you've had one quite like it !. For all you Raw Carob honey fans who are in withdrawal (or mourning) this might just make you feel a little better again.
We have called this honey Serra da Estrela mountain honey because it comes from the Guarda region of Northern Portugal just east of the majestic Serra da Estrela mountains. These forests are covered with Oak "Carvalho" and Chestnut,"Castanheiro" as well as woodland wildflowers and wild berry shrubs, all of which have contributed to the unique character of this honey.
The main part of this honey is Oak honeydew, which gives it its predominant character. Honeydew is made by bees foraging on aphid and other insect sweet secretions and is rich in Oligosaccahrides. Antibacterial and Antioxidant rich, this is a potent healing honey with an extraordinary smooth rich and balanced flavour.
Jose, the beekeeper is a true master artisan and multi-generational beekeeper and teacher.
Honey and Crystallization. Crystallization is a completely natural process and occurs with all raw honey. The speed and size of the crystallization depends on variations in the balance of sugars, ambient temperature and to some extent water content 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.
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