About Our Varietal Honey
Having kept bees for two generations, our family has exceptionally high standards for its varietal honey.
We draw upon the wisdom of countless beekeepers before us, employing traditional methods that have been refined to produce the highest quality varietal honey. For example, we use wax foundation in our hives instead of the plastic foundation commonly found in other operations. The wax foundation takes longer to install, but it is completely natural and free of chemicals.
We are dedicated to producing premium varietal flavors that will open new possibilities in your kitchen and palate. Negley and Son Honey is much more than a sweetener; it's a unique element of a food experience.
As the beekeepers, we carry out every step of the process, from caring for the bees to bottling the honey to shipping it to your doorstep. We know that every drop of honey was produced without compromise: raw, unheated and unfiltered. In other words, simply pure and delicious.
Why 'Raw, Unheated, and Unfiltered' is better.
We take care to retain all of the natural taste and health benefits of our varietal honey. Our honey is not cooked or blended with any additives to change its appearance.
Some operations flash-heat their honey to separate particles of seed crystals, pollen and beeswax from the honey. This flash heating breaks down the nutrients, enzymes and antioxidants that make honey such a special food.
Instead of taking this shortcut, we keep the honey at the hive's natural temperature and wait for the particles to rise to the top. We then simply skim them off without the use of any industrial filters. The process takes longer, but we believe that honey that's clean and fully nutritious is the best honey.
We give you what nature gives us.
One summer may be warmer than the last one. One spring may be wetter than the next. Factors like temperature and precipitation affect the flora that's available to our bees, which influences their honey. So, today's batch of our Orange Blossom Honey might be a little darker than last year's.
Other honey producers blend different honeys to achieve one uniform product. We are proud that our honey is a pure reflection of the season it was harvested. Here are three ways our varietal honey may vary from year to year:
Color. The color of a varietal honey is subject to the time of the year that flowers bloom and the proportion of different pollens that the bees bring in.
Crystallization. The speed and level of crystallization depends on the ratio of glucose to fructose in the honey, which depends on the flowers the bees consume. The higher the glucose content, the faster and greater the crystallization. Crystallization is not related to quality. (Crystallized honey can easily be converted into the usual "runny" honey by stirring it while the jar sits in a warm water bath.)
Availability. Extremely dry or wet seasons can have a negative impact on the growth of flora. Times like these can limit the expected availability of a varietal honey.